Bunion surgery is one of the most common foot surgeries performed at Perth Podiatric Surgery and involves correction of misalignment of the big toe joint. Surgery aims to relieve pain associated with the condition, prevent worsening of the deformity and allow a return to normal footwear.
There are many myths in the healthcare industry surrounding bunion surgery, however with the use of advanced surgical techniques, correct post-operative care and a skilled surgical team, complication rates remain low. Delays in presentation to a foot specialist most commonly occur due to embarrassment, anxiety about foot surgery or misinformation from other health practitioners. Patients sometimes present with the belief that they are ‘too old’ for bunion surgery, or it will be ‘too painful’ or ‘too risky’.
So let’s answer the question, who makes a good candidate for bunion surgery?
Put simply, bunion surgery is appropriate for anyone who experiences pain in the big toe joint, difficulty fitting into shoes or crowding of the toes. Most importantly, it is vital to seek early opinion from a specialist podiatric surgeon for the following reasons:
1 – More severe deformity means more complex surgery
We know that bunions are a progressive deformity that will worsen over time, resulting in the loss of cartilage and more severe arthritis within the joint. Once these changes have taken place, the joint becomes more difficult to salvage and requires more complex surgery to correct. With more complex foot surgery comes a longer recovery and subsequently greater risk.
2 – Conservative treatment could relieve your painful bunions
If detected in the early stages of the condition, sometimes conservative treatment is all that is needed to treat bunions and surgery can be avoided. Conservative treatment usually consists of footwear changes or modification, functional foot orthotics and anti-inflammatory medication.
3 – Podiatric surgeons are the most highly qualified health professionals to evaluate your bunions
Podiatric surgeons like Dr Knox undergo extensive medical and surgical training to qualify as specialists in their field and are recognised under The Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency. A podiatric surgeon will evaluate your bunions, as well as your medical, social and family history, and advise you on the best course of action to treat your bunions; whether that be surgical or non-surgical.
The takeaway message? Seek opinion early
If you or someone you know is suffering with painful bunions, don’t wait to begin treatment. Book in to see our specialist podiatric surgeon to discuss both surgical and non-surgical options to relieve your pain. Call 9383 3851 today or book online.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended for general information purposes only. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.