Less Invasive Bunion Surgery
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 However, these concerns are mainly linked to outdated surgical methods.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?
Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.
- Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
- Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development
- Redness and inflammation
- Pain and tenderness
- Callus or corns on the bump
- Restricted motion in the big toe
In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Concord, Charlotte, and Salisbury, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.