Bunions are a common problem seen in our office. Many years ago, bunions were extremely difficult to correct and the surgery involved was very painful. Today, largely through the efforts of qualified foot specialists throughout the country, bunions can be corrected quite easily, depending on the severity and complexity of the problem.
A bunion is an unsightly, protruding bony bump at the base of the big toe where the toe angles toward the other toes. The skin in this area can become irritated, swollen, and/or infected because bunions don’t fit in most shoes. Bunions are often associated with bursitis or arthritic changes in the joint and may appear together with hammertoes and metatarsalgia (pain at the bottom of the foot). Bunions are a heredity condition. The wearing of shoes too narrow in the forefoot or too high in the heel can cause bunions to occur at an earlier age in the patient.
If a bunion is not at all painful, then it need not be treated. The wearing of a larger shoe will sometimes improve the symptoms, but will not get rid of the bunion. Advertised bunion splints simply do not work.
Many successful bunionectomies have been performed. Multiple surgical procedures are available for the corrective treatment of a bunion. The best surgical procedure is based on the severity of the deformity, the amount of arthritic deformity involved and the age of the patient. The procedures involve the realignment of the big toe, the removal of the painful bump, the straightening of the metatarsal bone, and in some cases, the use of an implant.
This surgery is completed in the Chesapeake Ambulatory Surgery Center. At our office, the decision to have surgery is always left to the patient.
This explanation of bunions has been made to help you understand your foot problem. You are encouraged to ask questions.
The Podiatrists and Staff of the Chesapeake Foot & Ankle Center.
Chesapeake Research Group is now enrolling patients who suffer from discomfort due to bunions. This trial requires participants to stay at Chesapeake Research Group up to 3 nights and 4 days following the surgery.
TO PARTICIPATE, VOLUNTEERS MUST:
Compensation for time and travel.
Lab Work, Surgery and Follow-Up Appointments provided at no charge!