Foot surgery is typically advised when less invasive treatments fail, or if the foot condition's long-term prognosis is poor. Patients often worry about perceived risks such as infection, swelling, and pain, as well as extended recovery periods impacting work and activities. However, these concerns are mainly linked to outdated surgical methods. Modern foot surgery, particularly minimally invasive techniques, uses smaller incisions and less surgical time, reducing postoperative risks and shortening recovery. For instance, bunion surgery has evolved from traditional open methods requiring larger incisions to keyhole surgeries with minimal incisions. This approach lessens infection risks, pain, and speeds up recovery. If you have a bunion or another foot condition that is not improving, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to see if you can benefit from minimally invasive foot surgery.
What Is a Bunion?
A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.
Why Do Bunions Form?
Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions
How Are Bunions Diagnosed?
Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.
How Are Bunions Treated?
- Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
- Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
- Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
- Orthotics or foot inserts
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wellington and Boca Raton, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.