The Relief Institute can find you a doctor specialized in osteotomy surgeries. Osteotomy is a generic surgical treatment for bunion deformities that involves a procedure in which a cut or several cuts are made in the affected bone or bones to restore their proper alignment.
You may need bunion surgery if you have severe foot pain that occurs when walking or wearing flat, comfortable shoes. Surgery may also be needed when chronic big toe inflammation and swelling isn’t relieved with rest or medicines.
Other reasons for surgery include toe deformity, a drifting of the big toe toward the small toe, and an inability to bend and straighten the big toe.
Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
The pain and stiffness you feel in your feet and ankles as you age could be arthritis. If left untreated, this nagging pain can get worse over time, eventually making it difficult to walk even short distances.
A bunion is a visible, bony bump that forms at the joint of the toe. It occurs when some of the bones in the front part of the foot move out of place.
A bunionette is a condition similar to a bunion, but considered unique in that it affects the joint at the base of the baby toe.
Structural Bone Deformities
Structural bone deformities usually occur when some of the bones move out of place or a joint is stressed over a period of time.
Bunionectomy surgery generally involves making an incision on the top or the side of the big toe joint area and removing or realigning soft tissue and bone.
The goals of surgery for bunions are to:
The type of surgical procedure performed depends on the severity of the bunion, your age, general health, activity level, and the condition of the bones and connective tissue.
Other factors may influence the choice of a procedure used:
After your surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room for observation. Your recovery process will vary depending on the type of anesthesia that is given. The circulation and sensation of the foot will be monitored. Once your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing are stable and you are alert, you may be discharged to your home.