Modern Techniques Make Bunion Surgery More Appealing
posted: Nov. 20, 2014.
When your bunions are restricting you from doing the activities you love, it’s time to look at your options. Many people suffer from bunions—the common name for a bony lump at the base of the big toe that may or may not be associated with deformity of the joint. Heredity is the main cause of bunions and poor-fitting footwear or arthritis are factors that can make the condition worse.
People have a tendency to try and cover up foot problems and hope they will go away, but bunions are hard to hide and can restrict choices of footwear. Non-surgical treatment includes padding, orthotics, night splints and taking anti-inflammatory medication. These measures may provide temporary relief but a more permanent solution may be required.
According to an article posted in online.wsj.com, almost one in four adult Americans suffer from bunions. More commonly found in women than men, bunions can be painful and can look unsightly. Historically, surgical procedures to correct bunions were not very appealing. Patients suffered a high degree of post-operative pain and a long recovery period. Scarring was extensive and the results of the surgery were not always satisfactory.
Fast-forward to today and the advent of minimally invasive surgery performed by highly skilled podiatrists Sheldon H. Nadal D.P.M. in Toronto. The surgery is performed as a day case and only requires a local anaesthetic. The minimally invasive technique results in minimal scarring and reduced pain and swelling. A gauze dressing is applied and patients are able to walk immediately, rarely requiring a cast or crutches. Recovery time is approximately six weeks; patients can return to work sooner, but this is determined by the type of job held by the patient.
If you or anyone you care about suffers from bunions or other foot foot problems please contact our office at (416) 486-9917 to set up an appointment.