Signs You Might Need Bunion Surgery
Most of us have the habit of procrastinating, putting things off until ‘sometime’ in the future – especially if it is something that we believe to be a scary thing, such as surgery. People often put off a problem and only do something about it once they no longer have a choice. Most of the time, though, procrastinating only gives the problem time to worsen. This is usually the case for most foot problems like bunions.
Sometimes, a bunion surgery just might be your best option for pain relief and recovery, so it is important that you recognize the signs that tell indicate you need it. Once you notice these signs, pay attention to them – doing so will certainly get you the care that you need.
Don’t fret – bunion surgery is always considered to be the last resort for treatment. In many cases, bunions can be treated successfully by using only conservative methods such as custom orthotics or changes in footwear. There are times, however, when bunion surgery is the best option.
Here are some of the signs that will tell you that you need bunion surgery:
#01. Lifestyle-altering Pain
When the pain gets in the way of your normal life, then it becomes a different story. For instance, if you are no longer able to wear most of your shoes, and the pain you feel in your joints make normal standing, walking, or simply just getting around more difficult for you.
#02. Severe Bunion Deformity
With the first sign comes the unusual deformity. Your bunion might be getting worse progressively, despite performing the appropriate foot care or worse, you might already have a severe bunion deformity present.
#03. Ineffective Conservative Treatments
You and your podiatrist might have been trying to do non-invasive treatments for some time, but there is no improvement whatsoever, or there is still the presence of pain and a slow progression of the problem. In such circumstances, then bunion surgery is most likely considered.
If the situations aforementioned sound familiar for your own foot, then it is probably time to consider bunion surgery. The procedure will correct the deformity, alleviate your pain, and improve your foot function. It is much better to have bunion surgery earlier than to continue with your suffering.
Bunion surgery might not be your first choice for treatment, but it can easily become your best option, especially when conservative methods are not enough. Contact us today and set up an appointment with our podiatrist, Sheldon H. Nadal, DPM, and find out if minimally invasive bunion surgery can help you.