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.
What treatment is available for bunion pain?
Treatment of Bunion Pain in San Antonio, TX may be surgical or non-surgical. The goal of non-surgical treatment is to relieve pressure on the foot and relieve pain and is always fully explored by Dr. McCarty at Sports,Occupational and Knee Surgery, San Antonio, Tx.
The goal of surgery is different. Surgery attempts to realign and balance the first toe to restore normal function. Corns in the small toes may be treated by straightening and shortening the toes. Arthritis in the first toe can be treated by resurfacing the joint, or removing the joint and fusing the toe straight.
With a bunionectomy (surgical removal of a bunion), the painful bump may be removed for a quick recovery. More often, an appropriate bunionectomy requires an osteotomy (cut in the bone) with placement of screws or even a fusion (Lapidus bunionectomy) for more severe bunions. Recovery will vary with the individual, but walking and movement is permitted as soon as possible.
Rehabilitation follows either treatment option.
Dr. Kathren McCarty and her professional staff at Sports, Occupational and Knee Surgery will help guide you towards the best treatment for your Bunion Pain in San Antonio, TX and will follow you through to full recovery.
A healthy and happy body are only a click or call away. Call Sports, Occupational and Knee Surgery today for a bunion pain relief appointment at (210) 696-9000 at either our San Antonio or Shertz location.
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