Bunion Surgery And Other Treatment Options
posted: Jan. 05, 2022.
Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia is here for you when you need bunion surgery in Woodstock, GA. Dr. Bret Hintze and Dr. Andrea Cass perform bunionectomy to relieve your pain and get you back on your feet. Keep reading about bunions and come see us if you have a growing bunion causing you pain!
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the side of the big toe and occurs when the toes have been forced together. It's a progressive bone deformity that will only get bigger without treatment. Bunions can happen to anyone but are more common in women due to footwear that constricts the toes.
Bunions will increase in size without treatment and often cause other problems like calluses on the other toes that get forced together. You should see your podiatrist for treatment including bunion surgery in Woodstock, GA.
Bunions become painful and unsightly the bigger they get, but you may be able to find relief through some conservative, at-home treatments. Your podiatrist may recommend:
- Adhesive padding to cushion the bunion and keep calluses from forming on other toes
- Foot orthotics are worn in the shoes to help stabilize the bones of the foot
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Using warm soaks or ice packs
Bunion surgery is usually only recommended if other measures haven't improved your pain. If your doctor thinks it is necessary, a bunionectomy can be performed on an outpatient basis. There are many kinds of bunionectomy and what you need will depend on the severity of your bunion. The surgeon removes the bump and manipulates the bones, ligaments, and tendons in your foot to relieve your pain.
After bunion surgery in Woodstock, GA, your podiatrist may recommend physical therapy to regain balance and strength in your foot if the bunion has affected how you walk. You should keep your foot elevated as much as possible during the first week after surgery, then you can slowly add activity. Follow all your aftercare instructions and by the fifth week after surgery, you'll be back on your feet and can even be doing mild fitness!
Dr. Bret Hintze and Dr. Andrea Cass are your podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia. If you have a bunion we can help with bunion surgery in Woodstock, GA. Contact us for an appointment in Woodstock, GA, at (770) 999-0703 and in Jasper, GA, at (770) 999-0804.