Commonly caused by wearing shoes that fit poorly, bunions may be treated using nonsurgical methods; however, if conservative treatments are not successful, bunion surgery may be recommended.
Currently, there are over one hundred types of bunion surgeries that can be performed. Prior to surgery, a foot surgeon will conduct a thorough examination to determine which procedure is best. Generally, bunion surgery will involve an incision to the side of the foot nearest the big toe. Then, the foot surgeon will remove or realign the soft tissue surrounding the bone, restoring the joint’s natural alignment. If the foot surgeon finds that the joint is deformed, screws, wires, and plates may be inserted to stabilize that area of the foot. Following bunion surgery, most pain is alleviated and tasks such as walking can continue comfortably.
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