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Bunion surgery generally involves an incision in the top or side of the big toe joint and the removal or realignment of soft tissue and bone to relieve pain and restore normal alignment to the joint. If the joint is severely deformed, it may be stabilised with tiny wires, stitches, screws, or plates. There are no guarantees that a bunion surgery will fully relieve your pain.
There are many different surgical procedures used for bunions. Research does not indicate which type of surgery is best the surgery needs to be specific to your condition.
In general bunion surgery involves removal of part of the metatarsal head (the part of the foot that is bulging out). This procedure is called exostectomy, followed by a realignment of the soft tissues around the big toe joint. Removal of a small wedge of bone from the first metatarsal this re aligns the first metatarsal reducing the bulging.
The usual recovery period after bunion surgery is 6 weeks to 8 weeks, depending on the amount of soft tissue and bone affected. Complete healing may take as long as 1 year. The foot must be kept covered while showering or bathing to keep the stitches dry. Pins that stick out of the foot are removed in 3 to 4 weeks. Walking casts, splints, special shoes, or wooden shoes are sometimes used depending on the procedure. Regular shoes can usually be worn in about 4 to 5 weeks, but some procedures may require wearing special shoes up to 8 to 12 weeks following surgery. Many activities can be resumed in about 6 to 8 weeks.
Why do bunion surgery ? the main reason for undertaking this sort of surgery is to reduce pain. It is often not a good idea to have this procedure done just because you do not like the shape of your foot it may well be that you end up in more pain after the procedure.
You should have a few surgical opinions and consider all options before undertaking this sort of surgery. Call your Podiatrist and make an appointment.

 

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