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Is Bunion Surgery Necessary?

Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

Patients who choose to have bunion surgery performed are interested in achieving permanent relief from severe bunions. Many patients are optimistic that bunion surgery will be successful for them, despite recent studies stating there may not be a guarantee this type of surgery will completely relieve the pain and discomfort. After surgery is performed, the stitches are generally removed at approximately 2 weeks, followed by the removal of pins that were used to secure the toe in place. If you have a bunion, and would like additional information about possible surgery options, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist, who can guide you to make the best decision.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. Arnold Tarpley, Jr. of Tarpley Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Tarpley can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Uniontown, and Connellsville, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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