Posts for: January, 2019
Do you have a bunion? Has it grown progressively worse despite conservative treatments? Are you nervous about bunion surgery? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should keep reading.
Many of our patients worry about bunion surgery and want to know more about it. The truth? There are actually over 150 different recognized operations to correct bunions (Hallux Valgus). Although the techniques may vary, the goal is the same—realign the soft tissue and bone to straighten the great toe joint.
Your foot & ankle surgeon will determine the best surgical procedure for you based on the severity of the bunion, the degree of dislocation, your activity level, and your overall health.
For mild deformities, a bunionectomy is commonly employed. During this procedure, the bump of the bunion is shaved down, a process called an ostectomy. The tissues surrounding the joint are then realigned to hold the big toe straight.
For more severe bunions, an osteotomy of the first metatarsal (the bone just behind the big toe joint) or midfoot is performed. This achieves a more powerful correction. If the joint shows signs of hypermobility, a fusion of the joint (Lapidus procedure) may be necessary for a reliable correction.
The board-certified podiatrists at the FAAWC are well versed in all types of bunion surgeries and can help choose the right one for your unique needs. If you are tired of living with bunion pain, visit the FAAWC today to learn more about your options.
Are you someone who avoids the podiatrist because you fear medical procedures? Well, if you’re living with an ingrown toenail, you have nothing to worry about from our corrective procedure.
An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail corner or tip begins to grow into the skin. Not all ingrown toenails are painful, but the nail exerts pressure on the skin, causing secondary inflammation near the nail border. You can generally identify an ingrown toenail by its appearance.
Ingrown toenails can recur even after nail clipping. If you experience pain, redness, and drainage from an ingrown toenail, you are likely a candidate for a corrective procedure.
This procedure takes place in our office and can be completed in about 15 minutes. First, your podiatrist numbs the affected toe. Next, the nail border is loosened and the ingrown portion of the nail is removed. Lastly, a medicine is applied to the nail so that portion of the nail does not regrow.
Patients may experience some mild soreness after the procedure, but are able to resume normal activity almost immediately. Full healing time is approximately 2-4 weeks. All of the podiatrists at the FAAWC are board certified in surgery and have performed numerous ingrown toenail corrective procedures.
If you’re suffering from a painful or unsightly ingrown toenail, call the FAAWC today to schedule your appointment.
If you see a bony bump at the base of your big toe and your big toe is pushing toward your second toe, you may have a bunion. A bunion, also called Hallux Valgus, forms when the joint capsule and tissues are stretched, allowing for an abnormal motion of the toe. Over time, the bunion will be “track bound” or unable to be moved back into the anatomic position.
Bunions are usually the result of inheriting a biomechanical instability. This could be flat feet, tight calf muscles, excessive flexibility of the ligaments, or abnormal bone structure. Arthritic conditions such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis can also affect bunion formation. While tight shoes don’t cause bunions, they can accelerate the process.
Bunion pain is characterized by a dull ache. Though additional pressure from shoes can lead to a deeper, burning pain. While not all bunions hurt, they can lead to other issues such as bursitis, hammertoes, and other forefoot conditions.
As soon as you notice a bunion forming, you should visit a podiatrist. They will complete a baseline assessment and suggest treatments and preventative measures to stop the bunion from worsening. If you begin experiencing pain from your bunion, a podiatrist can help with that too. Bunions sometimes occur during juvenile years, and those should be checked at the onset.
Your podiatrist may recommend padding the bunion, wearing wider shoes, and utilizing custom orthotics to help control loose joints. Injections for pain and mobility are also available. Joint alignment can also be restored through surgical correction.
If you have a bunion or suspect one is forming, call the FAAWC today to schedule an appointment.