Bunion is a “bump” on the joint at the base of the big toe — the metatarsaophalangeal (MTP) joint — that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. The toe is forced to bend toward the others, causing an often painful lump of bone on the foot. Because this joint carries a lot of the body’s weight while walking, bunions can cause extreme pain if left untreated. The MTP joint itself may become stiff and sore, making even the wearing of shoes difficult or impossible.
Please refer to the Bunion page for causes, symptoms, and conservative treatment for bunions.
Unfortunately for some patients, bunion pain persists despite conservative care and the deformity continues to worsen. Bunions tend to get larger and more painful if left untreated, making non-surgical treatment less of an option. Surgical correction for bunion is an effective way not only to remove the painful “bump” but it can also improve function of this important joint. It is often necessary to relieve pressure and repair the joint that may start to show signs of degeneration/arthritis. Surgery will not only remove the bump on the outside of the joint, it can also improve its alignment.
Not all bunion deformities are the same thus a variety of surgical procedure is available for correcting this problem. Our foot surgeon has extensive experience and training in bunion correction. During your initial consultation, Dr. Wang will evaluate your bunion and perform a thorough biomechanical exam. Xrays will also be ordered and reviewed by the doctor. Based on your exam and xray findings, Dr. Wang will discuss with you regarding your options and help you determine the best procedure suitable for your condition. With certain procedures you may be able to weight bear immediately after the surgery and return to normal footwear and activities within 4 to 6 weeks. Other procedures may require longer recovery time. Pain associated with surgery can be easily managed with oral medication under guidance of Dr. Wang.
It is not normal to suffer from foot pain. If your bunion is inhibiting your life style and activity, contact our office for a surgical consultation with Dr. Wang today.