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Bunion Surgery San Antonio TX

Looking for treatment of your bunion pain in San Antonio TX, Schertz TX and surrounding areas? We can help. Call Sports, Occupational and Knee Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kathren McCarty, Doctor of Podiatry,  today.

Indications

A bunion is a sore bump on the joint connecting the big toe to the foot. It may be secondary to a deformity called hallux valgus – the Latin meaning of ‘hallux valgus” is turning outward (valgus) of the first toe (hallux). The bump is most often caused by the prominence of the bone rubbing on the inside of shoes. This rubbing causes inflammation and pain.

Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, infection and gout may all cause pain in the first toe. Therefore, before treatment of a painful bunion can begin, medical evaluation is needed.


Is Surgery the Only Way to Fix a Bunion?

At Sports, Occupational and Knee Surgery, with all of our treatments, we explore conservative options first. In the case of a bunion, however, there are treatments to relieve the pain. However, bunion surgery may be necessary to properly align the bones.
The goal of nonsurgical treatments is to relieve pain and pressure on the bunion. These treatments include:

  • Different shoes — You’ll need to wear shoes with more room for the toes.
  • Pads, tape, splints — While pads placed in your shoes can help with pressure and rubbing, they are often just temporary relief. Your foot can be taped into the correct position to help alleviate pressure on the bunion.
  • Medications — These could include oral medications, topical prescription cream, or injections.
  • Shoe inserts — Inserts that redistribute the pressure or improve alignment may slow the progression of the bunion.
  • Icing

Conservative treatments may fail because they do not correct the malalignment of deformity that is causing the bunion. The goal of bunion surgery is to realign and balance the bones and soft tissues to restore normal function.


Am I a Candidate for a Bunionectomy?

This depends on multiple factors such as severity of your pain, size of your bunion, lifestyle limitations, and ability to recover from the surgical procedure.

When you come and see us at Sports, Occupational and Knee Surgery, Dr. McCarty will examine your bunion and discuss the pain and how you’re dealing with it. At that point, we may jointly agree it is time to correct the problem with bunion surgery.

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What are the Surgical Corrections that May be Made with a Bunionectomy?

There are various procedures that can be used, depending on your individual situation. With most bunion surgeries we perform, the procedure involves a combination of soft-tissue balancing of ligaments and tendons as well as bone work to realign the foot structure. These procedures could include:

  • Removing the swollen tissue from around your big toe
  • Straightening your big toe by removing part of the bone
  • Realigning the long bone between the back part of your foot and your big toe to place it in the proper position and remove the improper angle
  • Cutting the bone and placing screws to reset the angle (an osteotomy)
  • Bone fusion

Will I be Able to Walk Immediately After Bunion Surgery?

There are many types of bunionectomies and the surgeries vary widely, so there is no hard and fast rule about walking. Some bunion surgery options allow you to walk immediately in a bunion shoe, while others will have you in a cast using crutches. The larger bunions that require the bone to be cut and screws placed for support will usually require a period without any weight on the foot. The bone, as well as the skin, must have some time to heal.


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How Painful is Recovery After Bunion Surgery?

After your bunionectomy, before she applies your dressing, Dr. McCarty will numb your foot with a long-acting anesthetic which may provide pain relief for days. Also, you’ll be able to manage the pain with prescription pain medication. Because of her meticulous technique and care, many of her patients are pleasantly surprised with the very minimal discomfort they have postoperatively after bunion surgery.


How Long Does it Take to Fully Heal After a Bunionectomy?

If your bunion surgery involved cutting or removing bone, which many do, then it will take about 6 weeks for the bone to mend. This, unfortunately, cannot be rushed or accelerated. Some patients will also require physical therapy as well. The timeframe for full recovery, where you can get back to running or other impact exercise, may take several months.


Results

Research has shown that over 85 percent of those who have had bunion surgery are satisfied with the final outcome of their surgery. Most of the other 15 percent have strong improvement, but still have some pain and limitations.

But if you’re in daily pain, bunion surgery with Dr. Kathren McCarty, our foot and ankle specialist at Sports, Occupational and Knee Surgery, could be one of the best things you’ve ever elected to do. Together, you and Dr. McCarty will tailor and establish the best strategy for you.


Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about bunion surgery options in San Antonio TX, Schertz TX or surrounding areas, contact Sports Occupational & Knee Surgery at (210) 696-9000 today.


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