In high level or professional sports, toughness is a respected quality. The ability to fight through whatever comes your way, or having a “no pain, no gain” attitude, can boost your performance or enhance your career. This attitude can also lead to injury. If you have been living with painful bunions because you just want to tough it out, they could be getting worse and you may be looking at a future of more pain, but making bunion surgery decisions is still difficult.
Many patients live with painful bunions for fear that surgery is the only option. Bunions are progressive, meaning they get worse over time if you don’t do anything about them. At the beginning stages there are many conservative treatment options available to reduce pain, limit swelling, and prevent the toe joint from becoming even more misaligned. At our offices, we exhaust all of these methods before moving on to the possibility of surgery.
There are cases where the toe joint simply does not respond to these other treatment options and surgery becomes the most viable option for restoring the health of your feet. It is when our patients have persistent pain and very limited mobility that we explore surgical options. Each case is different, and there are different types of surgery as well. We will discuss the process with you step by step. Any type of surgery is somewhat invasive and this isn’t a quick fix. There can be a lengthy recovery period, depending on the severity of your bunions and the type of surgery you have. If hardware is inserted, you may have discomfort and swelling, you may experience stiffness in your big toe, and there is a risk that the bunion could come back.
If you are considering bunion surgery, Lawrence Kales, DPM and Patrick M. Qualtire, DPM can evaluate your condition, answer any questions you may have, and help you find the treatment option that is best for you. Contact Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle in Hudson, FL at (727) 868-2128 or in Spring Hill, FL at (352) 683-5799 for an appointment today.