Frequently Asked Questions
Bunions have a variety of causes, some of which have to do with genetics and the natural mechanics of your foot. Most people who develop bunions are genetically predisposed to the condition in the first place. However, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of developing bunions. Proper footwear – with an adequate toe box, good arch support, and a heel of two inches or less – can provide the first line of defense when it comes to preventing the development of bunions.
There is no “best” course of treatment for bunions. There are a number of factors that will affect the proper care for each individual, including the size, severity, and location of the bunion. Generally speaking, conservative care treatments are usually preferred before surgery is performed. However, there are many instances where surgery is the best course of action.
If left untreated, many bunions do get worse over time. Although this is not a guaranteed occurrence, many bunions become worse because of the nature of the condition. For instance, as bunions become larger, they can begin to rub more on the inside of your shoes. This action can lead to increased inflammation, which leads to more friction, etc. Bunions that are neglected for long periods of time can become arthritic over time and may require total joint replacement to restore function.
By removing the bony prominence and correcting the shape of your toe(s), bunion surgery can allow you to return to the many activities you once enjoyed. If you have a toe deformity or joint stiffness, surgery can also be used to correct these conditions. Most patients experience total pain relief and are also pleased with the appearance of their feet following bunion surgery. Because surgery directly addresses the bunion itself, it is a more permanent solution to bunions than more conservative treatment options.
Recovery is a highly individualized process, and will vary depending on the severity of the bunion and the procedure used to correct it. In the broadest sense, recovery takes anywhere from four to eight weeks. After this period, most patients report a complete absence of pain. Post-operative pain usually resolves within the first few days and can be easily controlled with pain medication.
The decision to perform surgery is ultimately something that will need to be determined by you and your physician. Only a trained doctor can make the recommendation for surgery. However, if your bunion is preventing you from doing the everyday activities that you enjoy and has not responded favorably to more conservative treatment methods, surgery may be recommended. A consultation with Dr. Jamshidinia can help determine if bunion surgery is right for you. If you are currently considering bunion surgery, call (310) 247-WALK to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jamshidinia today.
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