Bunions are a complex deformity. When this joint is not functioning normally then it will have a direct negative effect on the function of the remainder of the foot and ankle over time. Appropriate history and physical examination, bio-mechanical evaluation, and x-ray evaluation are necessary to make an accurate diagnosis, and to be able to recommend an appropriate treatment plan to the patient.
Conservatively, shoe modifications, foot padding, anti-inflammatory medication, orthoses, and occasionally injections may be recommended to a patient in an attempt to diminish or eliminate their painful symptoms. Splints or digital wedges will not be effective in realigning the joint. None of these conservative treatments will change the structural position of the joint.
At Feldman Foot And Ankle we may discuss and recommend surgical treatment. There are literally dozens of surgical procedures which have been developed over the past 150 years to treat the bunion deformity. Appropriate surgical treatment of a bunion is based on proper evaluation and discussion to see what meets the needs of the patient. Procedures that suit a 16 year are often not appropriate for an elderly person and vice versa. Careful tailoring of the surgical procedure and after care will be thoroughly discussed with each patient and each team member at Feldman Foot And Ankle.
As a general rule, surgical bunion procedures are performed on an out-patient basis in an AHS approved Surgical Center or in a Hospital. Surgical procedural costs are covered by AHS or the patient may opt for private surgery to avoid a waiting time. A visit to Feldman Foot And Ankle Specialists will CLEARLY define all available patient options.