Stop living in pain
Podiatrists at University of Minnesota Physicians at Fairview in Maple Grove perform surgeries to rid patients of bunions, an abnormal, bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe.
Bunions…a pain in the foot
Bunions can occur for a number of reasons, but a common cause is wearing shoes that fit too tightly. Bunions can be genetic or occur as a result of arthritis or other medical conditions. Symptoms include:
- Thickening of the skin at the base of your big toe
- Corns or calluses
- Persistent or intermittent pain
- Restricted movement of your big toe
Treatment for bunions can range from nonsurgical to surgical. You may try pain medications, changing shoes, or shoe inserts like over-the-counter arch supports or prescription orthotic devices.
If conservative treatment doesn't provide relief from your symptoms, you may need surgery. A number of surgical procedures are performed for bunions, and no particular surgery is best for every problem. Knowing what caused your bunion is essential for choosing the best procedure to ensure correction without recurrence.
“The advantages of using sedation instead of general anesthesia include a much faster time to wake up from anesthesia, less side effects like nausea and a quicker recovery. Also, the nerve block can typically last until the following day which helps decrease the total experience of pain,” says Dr. Mazzuca.
Full recovery from bunion surgery can take up to 12 weeks, but you can start wearing a comfortable walking or tennis type shoe within six weeks.
If you are tired of living with the pain of bunions, it’s time to see a podiatrist. To make an appointment at Fairview Maple Grove Medical Center, call 763-898-1000. Our team of podiatrists provides expert care for wide-range of foot and ankle problems and treatments, including surgery.