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Bunion Surgery

For people with severe bunion pain

Bunion surgery can correct deformity and relieve pain leading to improved function.

Bunions are identified by a painful bump on the side of the foot. Bunions result from uneven pressure on the foot forcing the joints to realign, causing a bony bump to form at the base of the big toe. As bunion symptoms progress, so too does the severity of pain.

If conservative treatments, such as orthotic devices, physical therapy or over the counter pain-relievers, fail to provide adequate relief, then bunion surgery may be necessary.

Bunion surgery typically involves removing the bony growth of the bunion and realigning the big toe. A podiatrist or an orthopaedic surgeon can employ one of several different surgical procedures to treat bunions.

For less severe symptoms, a simple bunionectomy involves only the removal of the bony growth and requires the shortest amount of recovery time. Severe bunions may require a more involved procedure to provide permanent relief.

Additional types of bunion surgery:

  • Osteotomy – The bone is cut to either shorten or lengthen and to realign.
  • Arthrodesis – The damaged surface of the joint is removed and replaced with new bone material followed by the insertion of either screws, wires, or plates to hold the surfaces together.
  • Resection Arthroplasty – Similar to arthrodesis, but recommended for patients who have had previous bunion surgery, or have severe arthritis.

In addition to damage to the joints, the tendons and ligaments around the big toe are also often in need of repair. These tissues may be too tight on one side and too loose on the other, creating the tension that causes the big toe to drift toward the others.

Shortening or lengthening of the tendons or ligaments is often combined with other forms of bunion surgery to prevent the symptoms from recurring. Recuperation from bunion surgery takes time and may involve swelling and some discomfort for several weeks.

Read more about podiatry and cosmetic podiatry in Rancho Cucamonga.

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