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Bunion Surgery Specialist

InStride Family Foot Care

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Concord, NC & Charlotte, NC

While conservative bunion treatments can prevent bunion progression and relieve pain, bunion surgery (bunionectomy) is the only way to truly correct your joint. If you’re interested in finding out if bunion surgery is right for you, contact InStride Family Foot Care, which has locations in Albemarle, Concord, Matthews, Wake Forest, and Monroe, Gastonia, as well as two clinics in Charlotte, North Carolina. The podiatry team can even provide second-opinion consultations. You can book your bunion surgery appointment online or you can call the clinic nearest you directly to speak with a team member.

Bunion Surgery Q&A

Am I a candidate for bunion surgery?

Bunion surgery can restore your big-toe function and improve your joint range of motion, while eliminating that unsightly bony bump. You may be a candidate for bunion surgery if:

  • You have underlying biomechanical issues that need correction
  • Your pain limits your walking or ability to complete everyday tasks
  • Conservative treatments weren’t effective
  • You have a severe bunion deformity

Bunion surgery may also be right for you if your deformity is so severe, it has caused problems with smaller toes, such as the development of hammertoes or mallet toes. 

What happens during bunion surgery?

When you come in to InStride Family Foot Care for your bunion surgery examination, your podiatrist examines your feet and discusses all of your concerns with you. It’s important to let them know about all of your symptoms and which bunion treatments you’ve tried in the past. If you and your podiatrist decide that surgery is the best option, they schedule you for your procedure.

In most cases, you only need a localized nerve block for bunion surgery, which blocks sensations from your ankle down. Your podiatrist may also administer a light sedative to help you relax.

During your bunion correction procedure, your foot and ankle surgeon may:

  • Realign your big-toe joint
  • Remove the bony bump
  • Replace damaged portions of your joint

Because a bunionectomy is an outpatient procedure, you can go home the same day. However, someone needs to drive you home and stay with you for the first few days of your recovery. 

How long does it take to recover from bunion surgery?

Your podiatrist at InStride Family Foot Care counsels you about postoperative care long before entering the surgical room, so you know exactly what to expect during your recovery. For at least the first two weeks, it’s important to keep your surgical boot on to protect your foot and to use crutches to get around. 

Within about 10-14 days of your surgery, your podiatrist schedules you for a follow-up visit and removes any stitches you may have. Usually around this time, you can get fitted for a support brace, although you’re going to need to continue to use crutches. 

Bunion surgery recovery takes at least 6-8 weeks, depending on how quickly you heal. If you exercise or play sports, your provider may recommend waiting even longer to get back into your normal training routine. 

InStride Family Foot Care provides advanced bunion surgery procedures using minimally invasive techniques. Find out more information by booking an exam online or by phone today.