Minimally Invasive Surgery for Bunions is a Game-Changer
posted: Mar. 30, 2017.
While surgery might seem scary and might not be the right choice for everyone, minimally invasive surgery for bunions can be a real game-changer.
Weighing up your Options
Thinking logically, you would weigh up the pros and cons before making this important decision: frequent pain; reduced range of motion; trouble finding shoes to fit; versus pain free; near-normal range of motion; and a greater choice of footwear you can wear. It’s a no-brainer really, but you should seek the opinion of an expert like Toronto-based podiatrist, Sheldon H. Nadal, D.P.M. before proceeding.
Do you have Bunions?
Whichever way you look at it, bunions can be a painful nuisance. If you’re not sure what a bunion is, look down at your feet. Is one or both of your big toes pointing away from the mid-line of your body at an angle greater than 30⁰? Are your big toes pushing out against your smaller toes causing them to bunch up or overlap each other? Do you have visible or palpable swelling or thickening of your big toe joints? If so, you probably have bunions, the common term for hallux abducto-valgus.
Despite the pain and inconvenience, you do have options which your podiatrist will explain. In the early stages of this condition or when the joints are still flexible, further progression of the bunions can be slowed down with toe splints or prescription-made, corrective insoles, known as orthotics, and pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Avoiding high heeled shoes or footwear that is narrow in the toe box will be helpful too.
The Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your age, occupation, medical history, health, and lifestyle, bunion surgery may be the best option. Sheldon H. Nadal has over 30 years’ experience performing minimally invasive surgery which is recommended for bunions. Because minimally invasive surgery involves tiny incisions, tissue trauma is minimal, and post-operative pain and swelling is greatly reduced. This also means less scarring and a quicker recovery time. As the procedure is done in the office with just a local anesthetic, you can walk away the same day with just a bandage on your toe.
So, why suffer in silence when minimally invasive surgery can be your game-changer?