Bunion surgery is considered when this deformity is causing pain and disability. Bunions are bony bumps that can form on the side of the big toe. This can cause pain and discomfort and can also affect mobility when shoe fitting becomes difficult. Bunion surgery is the only way to definitively treat this condition, but it is important to understand what the procedure involves before deciding to move forward.
Bunion surgery typically involves removing the protruding bony bump, realigning the bones in the toe joint, and tightening or repairing any tendons or ligaments that have been affected. Depending on your case and needs, your doctor will choose the best procedure for you.
Recovery time following surgery will vary depending on both types of procedures chosen as well as individual healing processes. Generally speaking though, you may experience some swelling and discomfort during recovery which can take anywhere from 4-8 weeks depending on the severity of the condition before surgery. During this time you may need to wear protective footwear such as a surgical shoe or boot while the bone heals and the foot recovers.
Overall, bunion surgery is an effective solution for reducing deformity.