Bunion is a deformity which happens when the base of your big toe pushes to the outside. Bunions are very painful and they are often genetic. Women are usually afflicted with bunions since they usually wear ill-fitting shoes which put pressure on the bones of the foot.
Approximately one quarter of adults aged from 18 to 65 develop bunions, as stated in a study published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. The percentage is even higher for people who are older than 65 and 36% of those people develop bunions.
If you belong to these risk groups, you may have considered surgery. Nevertheless, surgery might not be a necessity.
Surgical Procedure as a Last Resort
Generally, surgery is left for last. Have you ever tried putting ice on the spot, wearing different shoes, taking pain medication, or cortisone shots? If you have tries all of these and you still feel pain and the bump is still large, then surgery would be the logical choice. Surgery is necessary when it prevent you from doing your everyday activities.
There are different surgical procedures for different types of bunions, since they are not all the same. Some bunions are moderate and mild, but some are very serious. In most cases, surgery is done on the moderate ones. The bump is shaved down and the angular deformity of the joints of the toe are corrected.
The recovery process takes time.
The surgical procedures for the moderate bunions, which are also the most common, don’t require that you stay in hospital. Nevertheless, it is necessary that you wear a purpose-built bootie in the next three or four weeks. However, it will take from six to eight weeks for total recovery. You may experience swelling and bruising, but that can be treated with some painkillers.
It is also possible that you experience stiffness, caused by scar tissue and that can be solved by stretches and massages and physical therapy may also be needed.
It can get ugly if you delay surgery.
If the bunion gets severe, there is another type of surgical procedure for this and the doctors could in fact replace the toe joints or bond the bones. This type of surgery is far more painful and the recovery time takes longer as well.
It may be necessary to delay your travel plans.
Regardless of the type of the surgery, follow-up visits with your doctor and some complications are expected. That is the reason you are not supposed to travel since any sign of complication, you must visit your doctor.
The surgical procedure is probably covered by insurance.
Bunions are considered deformities and insurance usually covers the surgical procedure that fixes them.
The fix is not for good.
If you are genetically susceptible to bunions, there may be reoccurrence after the surgery and the recovery time. Wearing uncomfortable shoes and hurting the area can also increase the chances of reoccurrence.
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