Bunion surgery, medically known as hallux valgus correction, is a procedure aimed at addressing this often painful deformity of the big toe joint. Typically caused by the misalignment of bones, bunions can lead to discomfort, difficulty in shoe-wearing, and decreased quality of life. The surgical process involves making an incision near the affected joint, allowing the surgeon to access and realign the bones and ligaments. In some cases, small screws or plates may be used to secure the corrected alignment. Post-surgery, patients undergo a recovery period during which they are advised to keep weight off the foot and follow a rehabilitation plan. While bunion surgery offers relief from the physical challenges posed by bunions, it is suggested that individuals considering the procedure consult with a podiatrist to determine the most suitable course of action based on their specific condition and overall health.
Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.
When Is Surgery Necessary?
Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:
- Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Cosmetic reconstruction
What Types of Surgery Are There?
The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage
Benefits of Surgery
Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.
Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City/LaPorte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.