Bunionectomy: Surgical Procedure for Painful Bunions
Bunions are deformities of bones and the joint that can be found in the middle of a person’s foot and his big toe and can cause a lot of pain for an individual who may have them. They may be caused by long-standing irritations brought about by wearing shoes that have a poor fit, frequent use of high-heeled shoes, arthritis, or may even be hereditary as well. A bunionectomy is a surgical procedure that could be recommended by a doctor to get rid of painful bunions.
A bunionectomy is a type of surgery wherein a deformity on the foot of an individual is corrected, a reconstruction of both the bones and the joint is performed, and pain is given relief. There are however other alternatives to a bunionectomy that a doctor may suggest depending of course upon the situation of the individual or the particular levels of pain he may be experiencing. One option other than the procedure is to switch from wearing narrow types of shoes and high heels to shoes that are much wider and with lower heels so that pressure is relieved from the affected area. A felt ring can also be utilized. This ring is wrapped around the person’s bunion and also relieves the pressure on the affected area. If the surgery is recommended however, the procedure could have a patient going home on the same day that it was performed or stay overnight, depending upon his specific condition. After release, the patient is told to rest and try not to walk too much for a period of about two weeks or more. The patient may also make use of a brace, a special type of shoe, or wear a cast that will provide support for both the foot and the toe during recovery.
The benefits of a bunionectomy include relief from pain, feeling more comfortable when walking and better fitting shoes. There are some risks as well such as a bunion re-growing, numbness on the toe, and infection or bleeding.