Bunions (commonly misspelled as bunnions or bunyons) appear as a painful lump on the outside of the foot, and can cause pain in the joint of the big toe. While some bunions do not need to be surgically removed, people with bunions that cause pain or interfere with daily life may want to consider bunion surgery. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 85-90% of bunion surgery patients feel satisfied with the results of their procedure. Further, most of those patients report a decrease in foot pain after surgery, allowing them to return to activities they previously enjoyed like running or dancing. This is just one of the many benefits of bunion surgery.
If bunion pain has been impacting your quality of life, and less invasive procedures have failed to offer relief, you may want to consider bunion surgery. At the Los Angeles Bunion Center of Excellence, our surgeons offer the most cutting-edge surgical options in podiatric medicine. Please contact our outpatient surgery center to schedule a consultation with Director Dr. Kamran Jamshidinia today and learn about the benefits of bunion surgery.
Reasons to Consider Foot Surgery
Chronic or Severe Foot Pain
If severe foot pain is affecting your quality of life, you may want to consider bunion surgery. Many people find that anti-inflammatories are insufficient to treat their bunion pain. For these individuals, bunion surgery can offer much-needed relief.
Inability to fit into shoes comfortably or without pain
This is the most common reason patients seek out our center. Patients report difficulty in fitting into shoes due to their bunion and the bunion getting irritated in most shoes. Many of our patients also have experienced pain and inflammation from shoes irritating the bunion bump of arthritic bone.
Inability to Perform Everyday Tasks
Painful bunions can limit one’s ability to perform daily activities like walking, exercising or even just wearing normal shoes. If bunions are preventing you from participating in the activities you once enjoyed, you may want to consider a surgical option.
Toe Deformity or Stiffness
Overtime, people with chronic bunions may develop toe deformities in which the big toe shifts toward the other toes of the foot. This condition can cause patients pain and embarrassment, while making it difficult for them to find properly fitting shoes. Left untreated, bunions also cause toe stiffness, which makes it difficult to bend or straighten the toe. This latter condition is called Hallux Limitus or Rigidus depending on how severe the toe stiffness is. If you are experiencing an inability to move your toe, bunion surgery may be a good option. For end-stage bunions, which have been neglected, there are surgical options including total joint replacement. Our physician can go into great detail as to which option is best for you.
To learn whether bunion surgery is right for you, call (888) 552-9732 for a consultation with our Beverly Hills podiatrists.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Am I likely to experience complications from my bunion surgery?
A: According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, fewer than 10 percent of patients suffer complications after having bunion surgery. However, the surgery is not entirely without risk. Rare complications include infection, nerve damage and the possibility of the bunion reappearing. Infection rates at our Center of Excellence are less than one percent.
Q: How can bunion surgery improve my quality of life?
A: When performed by an experienced podiatrist/foot specialist like the ones at the Bunion Center of Excellence, bunion surgery can relieve your pain and allow you to return to activities you once enjoyed like exercising and dancing.
Q: Can I look at BEFORE and AFTER photos or talk to prior patients?
A: Our surgeon has a large gallery of photos for your viewing which depict very common post-operative photos and “before and afters.” These are located on our website under Before and After. If you wish to speak to one of our former patients, that too can be arranged with consent.
Q: Will I be pain-free after bunion surgery?
A: After the recovery period, which can last anywhere from between 4-8 weeks depending on the severity of the bunion, the majority of patients experience little to no foot pain. The only post-operative pain occurs in the first 24-72 hours after surgery and is easily controlled by pain medications.
Q: Will my toe be completely straight after surgery?
A: Your toe may not be perfectly straight after surgery; however, you should experience a great deal of improvement in toe alignment and joint alignment as well as resolution of the large boney deformity.
Q: Will I be happier with my foot’s appearance after surgery?
A: Yes! Most patients are much happier with the appearance of their foot and toe after having surgery. Please see our Before and Afters to view the typical post-operative result.
If you are suffering from painful bunions that haven’t responded to other treatments, we may be able to help you get back to the activities you once enjoyed. Our board-certified doctors offer the most advanced treatments in podiatric medicine. Call our experienced foot doctors today for a consultation at (888) 552-9732.
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