Check out the Exciting New Bunionectomy Technique!
For many bunion sufferers, a bunionectomy is the only way to find relief. Recently, Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore posted on Instagram about his excitement over bunion surgery, hoping it would turn him into “a foot model.”
But, while Shemar was ready to go under the knife, according to The Daily Mail, women are among those at highest risk. Why? Too often, they pay the price of wearing high heels when they develop bunions later in life. And then they have to find a way to get rid of these bony bumps.
Bunionectomy: Old Approaches
In the past, we fixed bunions with surgeries that inserted a metal rod into the foot. Other options included fusing the joints together. But these weren’t perfect fixes. Because both could leave you with reduced flexibility and discomfort.
So, that’s the bad news, but there is good news as well! In fact, there’s now a new procedure that uses surgical screws to alleviate bunions. The result? A less painful procedure that’s also less prone to infection.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.
Why Do Bunions Form?
Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.
Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high-heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.
Bunionectomy: A New Surgical Approach
Today, podiatrists can offer minimally invasive bunion surgery. The process works by making several tiny incisions. Through these openings, it’s possible to use the same less-painful approach described above. And the results? The bunion is treated just as effectively. But patients experience less bleeding, swelling and pain, ultimately leading to a faster recovery period.
Now, choosing to have a bunionectomy is always a serious decision. But, at our office, we strive to make the experience as painless as possible. Just ask our patient Iliana A., who recently shared:
“Dr. Walsh is amazing, she did my bunion surgery back in 2011, never again had a problem with my foot. Getting ready to have my other foot done soon. Dr. Walsh cares and listens to her patient’s concerns. She always goes beyond to try to make her patients feel better soon.”
Want to learn more about diagnosing and treating bunions with a bunionectomy? If you have any questions, please contact us at our offices in Spring or Tomball TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.
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