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Are you wondering whether bunion surgery is the next step to provide you with the relief your feet need?
Finding out you have a bunion can make you worried that surgery is on the horizon, but you’ll be happy to hear that it isn’t the first course of action for handling symptoms such as pain and swelling. Of course, there are some instances in which surgery truly is the best option for relieving your pain and discomfort. From the office of our Marietta, GA, podiatrist, Dr. Mathew John, find out how bunion symptoms can be managed and the telltale signs that it might be time to consider surgery.
First and foremost, the question to ask yourself is, “Have you exhausted all bunion treatments and still not been able to relieve pain and other symptoms?” This is an important question to ask because bunion surgery is not something that our Marietta foot doctor will recommend unless it is a last resort for treating your symptoms.
Other treatment options to consider first include:
- Wearing appropriate footwear that offers your toes enough room to wiggle and move around (shoes that cause toes to bunch up will only make your condition worse).
- Wearing a bunion pad over the area can prevent irritation and swelling.
- Talk to us about whether custom orthotics could also help provide additional support for your arches.
- Getting corticosteroid injections to ease moderate-to-severe pain and swelling.
After trying all these methods, if you are still finding that your day-to-day activities are being interrupted by pain then it’s time to talk to us about whether surgery is the best option.
Ankle and Foot Centers pride itself on providing comprehensive foot care in Marietta, GA. Whether you want to discuss bunion surgery, fungal infections or plantar fasciitis, the caring experts are ready to help you get the treatment you need to get back on your feet.
Find out if surgery is the next best treatment option for your bunion problems.
Bunions are a fairly common foot problem and while some people won’t notice any discomfort there are others that deal with pretty steady and persistent pain because of their bunion. And if you and our Marietta podiatrist Dr. Mathew M. John have worked tirelessly to try and relieve your bunion problems without success then it might be time to consider bunion surgery.
When should I start considering bunion surgery?
This is an elective surgery that is often only recommended by your Marietta foot doctor if all other treatment options have failed. It might be time to consider this type of surgery if:
- You are having trouble going about your typical day-to-day tasks
- You experience pain every time you put your shoes on
- You can’t bend or straighten your big toe
- You notice swelling in the big toe
- You don’t experience any relief from either over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- You experience severe or chronic pain
What should I expect from surgery?
The surgery is performed under twilight sedation and local anesthesia at an ambulatory surgery center or hospital.
What is the recovery period?
Everyone’s recovery is different so it can be challenging to predict when you will fully heal. You won’t be able to wear regular shoes for at least two weeks, and you may need to wear a surgical shoe. A full recovery can take up to three months.
It’s not surprising that you may have more questions about a bunionectomy and whether it’s the right choice for you. Call Ankle and Foot Centers in Marietta, GA to schedule your bunion consultation.