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All About Bunion Surgery

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Surgery is often the only effective treatment for severe cases of bunions, where conservative measures like wearing well-fitting shoes and splints prove insufficient. Bunions can cause significant pain and foot deformity, making walking difficult. The primary goals of bunion surgery are to alleviate pain, enhance foot stability, and restore normal walking function. The surgical process involves repositioning the bones, tendons, and ligaments of the big toe, and stabilizing the foot using metal plates, screws, or wires. Post-surgery, the foot must remain stable with bandages or splints, and a special shoe is often worn to relieve pressure. Initial recovery requires limited walking and elevation to reduce swelling, with gradual weight-bearing as healing progresses. Complete recovery from bunion surgery generally takes four to six weeks, although swelling may continue for up to a year. The decision to undergo surgery depends on the severity of symptoms, degree of bone misalignment, the presence of related conditions like osteoarthritis, and overall health. If you are experiencing pain from a bunion, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to see if surgery is right for you.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dr. Anna Petrov of Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.


  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development


  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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