Surgical Correction of Bunions
If conservative treatments don’t relieve the pain, the deformity is significant and/or worsening, or it is limiting activities and/or shoe wear, then surgery may be needed. This is the only way to permanently correct a bunion. Most patients who undergo bunion surgery have a significant reduction in pain and deformity but even with surgery there is some chance of reoccurrence. It is often best to consider surgery earlier in the development of a bunion before it becomes really large and requires a more extensive procedure to correct it or before it causes a hammertoe deformity of the 2nd toe.
X-rays will be done to assess the severity of the bunion. We have computerized x-ray equipment available for your convenience at our office. A multitude of different procedures may be utilized to correct the bunion based on its size and complexity. This often entails an osteotomy (surgical cut) in the bone(s) to realign them followed by fixation with screws, staples, pins, or plates. The most common bunionectomy procedures we perform are Austin, Akin, or Lapidus surgeries. A period of immobilization after surgery with a special boot, cast or even crutches or a knee scooter may be needed. Full recovery can take 6-12 months in some cases. If you are having bunion pain please call us to schedule an appointment so we can help alleviate your discomfort.