Stars like Sarah Jessica Parker have made headlines with details of their foot deformities bringing to light the subject of bunion surgery. Maybe you’ve conducted your own online search on the subject, and found differing views. The fact is that bunions can become so debilitating that surgery and proper aftercare is the best solution.
The Journal of Foot and Ankle Research reported in 2010 that 23% of American adults have a bunion. Women are more likely than men to suffer from this painful condition. Poor foot structure often leads to the formation of this painful bump by the base of the big toe. Wearing improper footwear can instigate and aggravate this common foot condition.
Choosing shoes that fit well, have a wide toe box, and adequate support are keys to conservative treatment. Along with that, you will be prescribed orthotics that will aid in the even distribution of weight across the foot. Stretches may also be recommended.
Since a bunion is caused by a misaligned joint in the big toe, it will not go away on its own. When a bunion makes it difficult to walk, or is causing the other toes to move from their proper position, surgery will most likely be recommended. There are several procedures that are used to address bunions. Osteotomy, where the bone is actually cut, is one example. Most people require six to twelve weeks to recover from surgery, and proper foot care is important. Bunions can recur if lifestyle changes, such as choosing proper footwear, are not made.
Summer is almost here! Don’t miss out on your favorite activities due to bunion pain. Call one of our three convenient locations in Missouri City, Sugar Land, or Houston, TX, or schedule online. Podiatrist Marco Vargas understands the daily discomfort of this foot condition, and he will design a treatment plan that addresses your needs and concerns.