We know what you’re thinking: summer isn’t exactly an ideal time to have to think about having bunion surgery. After all, you’re busy with all sorts of summer fun, right? However, if bunion pain is getting in the way of those summer activities, and you’ve tried conservative methods to no avail, let’s face it — you’re not checking anything off that summer bucket list anyway! You may as well take this time to correct the problem surgically.
There are different variations of bunion surgery to relieve bunion pain. The three main approaches include:
Osteotomy — a procedure in which your big toe joint is cut and realigned into proper position, often along with the surrounding ligaments.
Exostectomy — this involves removing the bony protrusion and is typically combined with osteotomy.
Arthrodesis — entails removing the damaged joint and keeping your toe in alignment with screws or pins.
Which of these procedures you undergo depends on factors such as the severity of your bunion as well as your lifestyle. Recovery time varies depending on the surgery, but you can typically expect to be off your feet anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. You will need to wear a boot or cast and follow post-op instructions carefully. Look at it this way, though – it’s summer! What better time to kick back and relax while you heal? Your bucket list can wait until next year and then you’ll be able to enjoy everything on it pain-free! So you see, summer is actually a good time for bunion surgery after all!
If you can’t relieve bunion pain no matter what you do, and it’s getting in the way of your summer fun, call us to discuss your bunion surgery options. You can reach our Clifton Park and Troy, NY offices by dialing (518) 273-0053. We’ll help get you back to doing the things you love!