Sports Podiatry Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
What is Bunion Surgery?
By Dr. Kenneth Meisler
February 04, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion Surgery  

Find out more about bunion surgery and whether it’s the right option for your feet.

Bunions are a common disorder that affects the joint at the base toe, causing it to stick out. A bunion can continue to grow slowly over bunion surgerytime until you start to notice pain or discomfort when wearing your normal shoes. While bunion symptoms can often be managed with more conservative care, if nonsurgical treatment options have been exhausted and you aren’t finding the relief you need, then it may be time to talk to your podiatrist in New York City about bunion surgery. Reasons for considering bunion surgery include:

  • Severe foot pain that prevents you from going about your daily activities. You may even find walking to be a painful challenge.
  • Persistent swelling and inflammation of the big toe that icing and medications don’t treat.
  • Having a toe deformity in which the big toe is leaning on the other toes.
  • Toe stiffness that makes it impossible to move the toe.
  • Not experiencing any pain relief from over-the-counter NSAIDS like ibuprofen or even prescription-strength pain relievers.

Remember that bunion surgery is not just designed for cosmetic reasons and its main purpose is to correct as much of the foot deformity as possible while also optimizing the amount of pain relief you experience.

Bunion Surgery

Nobody’s feet are the same. When you come in for a consultation, we can examine your feet and determine the root cause of your bunion and how to correct it. Surgery’s main goal is to realign the joint to provide as much pain relief as possible. Common types of bunion surgeries include:

  • Big Toe Tendon/Ligament Repair: Shortening loose tissue and lengthening tight tissue can improve the foot imbalance that causes the big toe to lean against the other toes
  • Arthrodesis: Removing parts of the damaged joint and placing wires or screws to hold the joint together until it heals (ideal for those with severe arthritis or a severe bunion)
  • Osteotomy: Cutting and realigning the joint
  • Resection Arthroplasty: Removing a damaged part of the joint (often used in older patients or those with arthritis)

Are you dealing with persistent or severe pain related to your bunions? Then it’s time you called our New York City podiatry office to schedule a consultation with us.