Bunion – When its time for surgery

Bunions often run in families, but they also can be a result of the way we walk or the shoes we wear, says podiatrist Georgeanne Botek, DPM, Podiatry Section Head.

Women develop bunions far more often than men, especially as they get older.

People with flexible joints seem to tolerate their bunions more. But other people with stiff joints or arthritis typically have more trouble with bunions and may develop pain before.

If you are developing a bunion, talk to your family doctor. He or she may refer you to a podiatrist who diagnoses and treat conditions of the foot, ankle and related structures foot.

If your bunion is very painful, your podiatrist may recommend surgery. The first surgery on your shoesIf pain lasting more than one year, it may be time to consider bunion surgery, but most patients will have bunions and pain on and off for years before the election for the operation. You may get detailed information via grandcentralpodiatry.com/bunion-surgery-nyc/.

Womans feet with bunion splints

The doctor may also recommend surgery for bunions that can lead to other painful foot problems such as hammertoes, bursitis, under the little toe bunion, or pain in the ball of your foot.

The goal of surgery is to relieve pain and toe back into the correct position. A surgeon puts the bones, ligaments, tendons, and nerves back into the right order, and remove the lump.

There are more than 150 types of bunion surgery, but surgeons usually choose one of about half a dozen commonly used procedures.