If you have a bunion, you know it is hard to be on your feet for long periods of time. The foot and ankle experts at Franciscan Health offer the latest advancements in bunionectomy surgery to relieve pain and restore function.
A bunion is a protrusion of bone or tissue usually around the main, or metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, of the big toe. A bunion may also develop on the MTP joint of the little toe. Although anyone can develop a bunion, women are more likely to have them.
Bunions can result from inherited conditions, like abnormal bones in the feet, and arthritis, which can affect the big toe joint. The shoes you wear may also cause bunions. These include shoes that are too short, too narrow, and those with pointy toes and high heels, like women's pumps and cowboy boots.
You may need surgery if your bunions have become unbearable and nonsurgical treatments don't relieve symptoms that include:
Our bunion surgeons may X-ray your foot to check the size and condition of your bunion. The type of surgery you’ll need depends on the type of bunion you have:
The initial recovery phase is about six to eight weeks. You may need to wear a cast or surgical boot to protect your foot for part or all of this phase.
It may take up to six months to fully recover from bunion surgery. In rare cases, it can take as long as a year. We will give you detailed instructions before you go home from the hospital.
Your bunion surgeon may prescribe pain medicine and antibiotics to prevent infection.
When your bunionectomy has healed enough, your bunion surgeon may recommend exercises or physical therapy to help your foot recover its strength and range of motion.