A bunion is a common foot deformity. Bunions can form on the little toes, but the most common variety is known medically as hallux valgus and occurs at the joint where the big toe meets the metatarsal bone. The bones begin to protrude at the inner edge of the foot, and a painful bump develops, making it uncomfortable to wear shoes, stand, or walk comfortably.
Initially, your podiatrist may try to manage your bunion through conservative methods including over the counter and prescription medications for pain and inflammation and custom orthotics for cushioning and support. In time, however, it may be appropriate to discuss a bunionectomy. This surgery is the only way to correct a bunion permanently.
Common reasons to consider a bunionectomy include:
severe or persistent pain
limitations on typical daily activities or exercise
difficulty wearing shoes without discomfort
inability to bend or straighten the affected big toe
There is a variety of ways to perform a bunionectomy, and your podiatrist will make the best choice for you based on your individual symptoms and overall health. The operation is typically performed on an outpatient basis. You should anticipate a challenging but manageable recovery period that will include time off your feet and driving restrictions.
If you suspect that you have developed a bunion, or if you have any other concerns about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, it’s time to visit your podiatrist. With years of specialized training and experience, a board-certified podiatrist like James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS is a medical specialist and the best-qualified professional to help you. Schedule a convenient visit in our comfortable, modern office on Solomons Island Road today. Call the friendly Podiatry Group of Annapolis, P.A. staff at 410-224-4448 or click here to get started.