Find out if your bunions are telling you that it’s time to get surgery.
A bunion is a deformity that affects the bone at the base of the big toe and is often characterized by a hard, bony protrusion on the side of the foot. Women are often more likely than men to deal with bunions, and the condition can make putting on shoes and even daily walking painful. If you are suffering from bunions in New York City, find out if it’s time to consider getting surgery to remove your bunion.
What to Consider Before Getting Surgery
The first thing you will want to consider is whether you’ve tried every possible non-surgical treatment. If you’ve tried everything from prescription pain relievers to orthotics and special shoes and you still have significant pain and problems walking, then surgery may be the best option.
However, you need to talk to your podiatrist in New York City about whether surgery is the next recommended step for your treatment. However, if your bunion significantly impacts your normal activities, then chances are surgery will be the best way to treat your problem.
About Bunion Surgery
There are over 100 different types of bunion surgeries and we will sit down with you to discuss which one is right for you and your foot health. Bunion surgery is often performed using a local anesthesia and is a standard outpatient procedure, so you can go home the same day.
Bunion Surgery Recovery
This is often the hardest time for patients as your recovery period could be as short as six weeks or as long as six months. It will depend on how severely the bone and tissue were affected by the deformity. You will have stitches, so it’s important to keep them dry while bathing and showering. Most stitches will be removed between one to three weeks. You will also have pins in your foot, which will need to be removed after a month.
During your recovery you will need to wear a special shoe or cast for several weeks. Some patients may return to normal shoes after five weeks, but some patients may need to use a cast or splint for up to two months. You won’t be able to resume your daily activities for about six to eight weeks after your surgery.
To find out more about bunion surgery in New York City and whether it’s right for you, call our office today to get more information. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your bunion treatment options. Stop bunion pain once and for all!