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What are Bunions?
A bunion is a bony hump which has formed where the big toe connects to the rest of the foot. Often, this causes the toe to point inward toward the other toes. Bunions can be quite painful and are also susceptible to rubbing and pressure caused by wearing certain types of shoes. Calluses can develop because of the bunion. The skin over the bunion might be red and sore. Call us today, we want to be your Bunion doctor in New Port Richey
What Causes a Bunion to Develop?
There are many theories about how bunions develop, but the exact cause is unknown. Factors likely include:
- Inherited foot type
- Foot stress or injuries
- Deformities present at birth
What Treatments Are Used?
We begin by taking x-rays and examining the foot. This helps to see how severe the bunion is. A blood sample may be collected to see if the person has arthritis as well. Treatments usually include:
- Inserts and specific shoes to help the foot move back into its normal position, if the condition is mild.
- Medications such as pain relievers and anti-inflammatories can address the discomfort and swelling.
- When every day activities and responsibilities are affected by the condition, surgery is typically required.
- The doctor will realign the bone under the big toe by making incisions in the ligaments surrounding it. Screws are occasionally employed to hold the toe in place while healing. Additionally, excess bone can be removed. Depending on the severity of the bunion, the procedure usually takes about an hour.
Bunion surgery, also known as bunionectomy, is a surgical procedure performed to correct a bunion, which is a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe. Bunions can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty with walking, and can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, improper footwear, and foot injuries.
The surgery is typically done on an outpatient basis, meaning the patient can go home the same day. The procedure can vary depending on the severity of the bunion and the surgeon’s approach. In general, the goal of bunion surgery is to realign the bones of the big toe and foot, and to remove any excess bone or tissue.
One common type of bunion surgery is a distal osteotomy, which involves cutting the bone at the base of the big toe and shifting it into the correct position. Another type of surgery is a proximal osteotomy, which involves cutting the bone near the middle of the foot and shifting it to realign the big toe.
In some cases, the surgeon may also need to remove excess bone or tissue and reposition tendons or ligaments to improve the alignment of the big toe and foot. This is often done through small incisions in the foot, using specialized surgical instruments.
After the surgery, the patient will need to wear a cast or special shoe for a period of time to allow the foot to heal. Physical therapy may also be recommended to help restore range of motion and strength in the foot.
As with any surgery, there are risks associated with bunionectomy, including infection, nerve damage, and poor healing. It’s important for patients to discuss the potential risks and benefits of the procedure with their surgeon, and to carefully follow all post-operative instructions to promote healing and reduce the risk of complications.
Call us at 727-842-9504 to make an appointment. Dr. Zafar will sit down with you and discuss options to proceed with. We want to be your bunion doctor in New Port Richey