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Bunion removal is a surgical procedure that corrects a deformed area of the foot near the big toe. Bunion removal is sometimes called a bunionectomy, bunion surgery, or hallux valgus correction. Hallux valgus is a Latin phrase that means “foot deformity.” A Bunion Removal is necessary if nonsurgical treatment methods don’t relieve your pain. Most people with bunions find pain relief with simple treatments to reduce pressure on the big toe, such as wearing wider shoes or using pads in their shoes. However, if these measures do not relieve your symptoms, your doctor may recommend bunion surgery.
Bunions are deformities relating to the big toe. Symptoms of bunions include red and calloused skin along the inside edge of the big toe, a bony bump along the inside edge of the big toe, pain over the joint, and the big toe turned in toward the other toes. They are usually diagnosed just by your doctor looking at them, but an x-ray but be done as well. Dr. Ahmadi is a Board Certified Foot Surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Ahmadi is a leading foot and ankle doctor, who has earned the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. He completed his post graduate training in Podiatric medicine and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at the Washington Hospital Center.
Most sever foot bunion treatment must be performed by an experienced podiatrist.
Bunion Surgery generally involves an incision in the top or side of the big toe joint and the realignment or removal of soft tissue and bone. This type of bunion surgery is done to relieve pain and restore normal alignment to the joint. Small wires, screws, or plates may be used to hold the bones in place. Bunion removal through surgery is an option only in the most extreme cases. The patient may be experiencing extreme pain when he or she walks.
Once non-surgical options have been considered, the foot surgeon would take other factors into consideration before choosing surgery. The patient’s general health needs to be assessed as surgery is successful in only about 85% of cases. Some complications can arise when a patient has a condition such as:
- Diabetes – a disease that affects the body’s ability to control blood sugar levels and causes blood clotting difficulties for wounds
- Rheumatoid arthritis, a disease causing swelling of the joints
- Gout, a condition causing crystals around the joints
- Predisposition to strokes, a condition cutting off blood supply to the brain
- Spastic neurological diseases which affect the muscles in the body.
Bunion surgery can make the patient’s toe less flexible, so their complete lifestyle and whether they still expect to wear particular types of footwear such as high heels need to be taken into account. The surgeon will also consider the age of the patient, the impact on other joints, the position of the pain, response to prior care, the person’s job, and how active they are.
A bunion will usually get worse over time, so if it’s left untreated it’s likely to get bigger and become more painful. If your bunion is causing a significant amount of pain and affecting your quality of life, you might consider seeing a Podiatrist for consultation. The aim of bunion surgery is to relieve pain and improve the alignment of your big toe. Surgery isn’t usually carried out for cosmetic reasons alone. Even after surgery, there may still be limits to the styles of shoe you can wear.
Bunion surgery is often carried out as a day procedure, which means you won’t have to stay in hospital overnight.
The different types of bunion surgery include:
This is the most common type of bunion surgery and involves removing the lump at the side of the foot and then cutting and realigning the deformed joint. This type of surgery may also involve operating on neighboring toes to remove bone. In addition, the surgeon might have to use distal soft tissue realignment to make sure the patient can stand properly and to refine the appearance of the foot.
This surgery involves operating on the tendons and ligaments in the big toe to alter the position of the misaligned bone. This will help to keep the bone in place. Two bones will also be fused in the metatarsophalangeal joint. This operation will result in limited movement because of this fusion. It is unlikely that the patient will be able to comfortably wear high heels after this surgery.
Excision or Resection (Keller’s) Arthroplasty
This is a procedure used on elderly people with challenging bunions. In this case, the bunion and the toe joint are removed and an artificial joint is created from the resulting scar tissue. Wires also need to be used to keep the joint in place at first. These are then later removed.
This involves the fusion of the first tarsal-metatarsal (TMT) joint in the middle of the foot, decreasing the space between the first and second metatarsal. This procedure works well for large bunions.
As a Foot and Ankle Doctor:
Dr. Ahmadi specializes in reconstructive surgical and non-surgical care for children and adults as well as a wide variety of foot and ankle diseases and disorders. He places emphasis on educating patients about the function and dynamics of the foot and ankle in order to prevent future problems.
The foot and ankle are critically important to the health of the entire body. Dr. Ahmadi strives to help his patients understand these connections and develop useful ways to maintain a healthy functioning of the foot and ankle in relation to movement and posture. Positive results may significantly affect the issues of knee, hip, spinal function, vascular circulation, lung and heart function and emotional well being. If you are suffering from bunions, let Dr. Matt Ahmadi, the leading foot bunion treatment podiatrist help you put an end to your bunion pain.
Our center focuses on minimally invasive procedures because we believe that invasive, major surgeries should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. A minimally invasive procedure means that you can heal faster, experience less pain, and be back to work and other regular activities in a shorter amount of time.
Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, Dr. Matt Ahmadi’s experience and education includes three years spent at a trauma center where he performed advanced procedures in the field of foot and ankle surgery. His specialties encompass a wide variety of conditions and state-of-the-art surgical and non-surgical treatments for foot and ankle conditions. If you are experiencing pain from bunions or any other foot or ankle issue, contact our office today to see how we can help you achieve relief through Bunion Removal.