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Delay Bunion Surgery With Products From FootSmart

Bunions, which are often hereditary or caused by ill-fitting shoes, affect the big toe joint, causing the bunion to just outward and away from the foot. Bunion surgery is often required for people suffering from this condition. FootSmart has therefore teamed with The Podiatry Institute to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about bunion surgery:

What are the types of bunion surgery?

There are four main types of bunion surgery:

  1. “Bumpectomy” Bunion Surgery – This type of bunion surgery is “hardly worth the effort,” according to a local podiatrist in Atlanta, Georgia. That’s because most people develop recurrences of their bunion after this type of bunion surgery, and – long-term – people are generally dissatisfied with the results.
  2. Bunionectomy with a Head Osteotomy – This type of bunion surgery is the most common type of bunion surgery. Recovery for this type of bunion surgery involves four weeks in a surgical shoe. The term “osteotomy” just refers to the surgical cutting of bone that is involved with the procedure.
  3. Bunionectomy with a Base Osteotomy – This type of bunion surgery is usually reserved for severe cases and young people. Recovery for this type of bunion surgery requires spending 6-8 weeks in a cast on crutches. Again, the term “osteotomy” just refers to the surgical cutting of bone that is involved with the procedure.
  4. Joint Replacement Bunion Surgery – This bunion surgery is for arthritic joints and not used as frequently today as it was years ago.

Can you correct a bunion without bunion surgery?

I’m afraid bunion surgery is required if you want to correct or get rid of a bunion. Many products, however, can help protect and cushion your bunion and prevent it from getting worse, putting off the need for surgery until a later or indeterminate time.

Here is a list of recommended products to relieve pressure on the painful area and help you delay bunion surgery:

Devices such as the Bunion Regulator and Wheaton Bunion Brace are especially effective at slowing down the progression of your deformity and preventing it from worsening. But again, these devices cannot correct bunions; only bunion surgery can do that. Wearing good supportive shoes (and not sandals) will also help slow down the progression of a bunion and help you put off bunion surgery.

How do I know if I need bunion surgery?

You should consult an ABPS board certified podiatrist who is a member of the America Podiatric Medical Association and talk to him/ her about your deformity. Bunion surgery may or may not be required to keep you moving comfortably.

Information on foot, leg and lower body health conditions and solutions – including bunion surgery – provided by The Podiatry Institute, dedicated to advancing the standard of care in podiatric medicine and its effects on musculoskeletal health.

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