Making the Choice: Deciding on Bunion Surgery

Bunion SurgeryIf you are over 50 years of age and like to be active, don’t miss out on the Senior Games in Ellettsville, IN! Taking place September 3-15, 2014, there will be a myriad of great events over the course of three weeks including: swimming, putt-putt, bowling, golf, softball, volleyball, table tennis and more. If this sounds like great fun, but a painful bunion problem is keeping you out of the loop, it may be time to look into bunion surgery to relieve your symptoms and get you back into the swing of things.

We have treated and helped many patients with bunions—some at the beginning stage who want to prevent their condition from getting worse, and others with severe deformity and pain. Bunions are unfortunately one of the common foot conditions that are progressive and worsen over time without intervention. You most likely inherited a faulty foot structure, which is the root cause for this problem, but poorly fitting shoes, such as pointy high heels, can make bunions worsen a lot quicker. At our office, we always exhaust all conservative treatment methods before discussing surgery. However, if such methods have been tried, yet you still have severe pain, are unable to wear shoes comfortably, cannot bend or straighten your big toe, and cannot engage in the activities you would love to do, then surgery may be the best option for you.

Dr. Kevin J. Powers, DPM can evaluate your condition and suggest the best plan of action. If bunion surgery is necessary, the goal will be to repair the joint damage, realign the big toe and restore function back to the toe joint. There are several types of surgery depending on the severity of your deformity, but almost all are done on an outpatient basis, and our office will guide you through every step of the process. If you have been living with constant pain out of fear of surgery, please contact us. We can answer all of your questions and find the best plan to help you find relief. Call Dr. Kevin J. Powers, DPM in Bloomington, IN at (812) 333-4422 today.