Posts for category: Bunions
The big toe is the hardest working toe in your foot. Every time your foot pushes off the ground, this toe supports most of your body weight. Because the big toe is so critical for gait, any problem with it can make walking or even standing painful. A bunion is the most common problem with the big toe. This occurs when there is excess or misaligned bone in the joint. In addition to causing pain, a bunion changes the shape of your foot, making it harder to find shoes that fit. But this problem can be treated. With a podiatrists help, your feet can feel and look better.
Bunions usually occur at the base of the big toe. They may also develop on the fifth toe. Bunions often caused by abnormal foot mechanics. The foot may flatten too much, forcing the toe joint beyond normal range. In some cases, joint damage caused by arthritis or an injury leads to a bunion. Certain people are born with the tendency to develop bunions. If you are at risk for bunions, wearing poorly fitting shoes makes the problem more likely to develop.
To determine the best treatment for your foot, your podiatrist will ask questions and examine you. Describe any symptoms you have, including whether the bunion causes pain. Your podiatrist will likely test how the affected joint moves. To check for abnormal foot mechanics, your doctor may watch you walk to see how your feet rotate and flatten as you walk. X Rays will be taken to show the position of the big toe joint. Your doctor may also want to see whether the bunion is affecting other bones in your foot and causing other issues, such as hammertoes.
If a bunion mild and does not cause pain your podiatrist may recommend a different style of shoe. Custom shoe inserts may be prescribed to correct abnormal foot mechanics. For bunions that are painful or severe, surgery may be recommended. This is an outpatient surgery, so no hospital stay is needed.
Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a detailed clinical evaluation of your bunion and your treatment options.
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Bunions are common, painful and unsightly. However, many people will ignore the pain and deal with the inconvenience out of fear that surgical correction can be a bad experience. We have a very high success rate with quick recovery. Don't believe us, just read our reviews!
There are many misconceptions about bunion surgery and we hear about them everyday. Patients will suffer with painful bunions for years because of misinformation they read on the internet or a bad experience they hear about from their friend. When performed properly, with appropriate post operative care bunion surgery is both very successful and well tolerated.
We do all we can to avoid toxins from entering our bodies. We detox, wear natural makeup and we avoid products with harmful additives. So why are we compliant about possible heavy metal poisoning after elective foot surgery? The hardware placed in your bodies after some foot surgeries can lead to metallosis, which is a medical condition involving deposition and build-up of metal debris in the soft tissues of the body. Abrasion of the metal components of screws placed in your foot during a bunion repair may cause immune reactions within your body. Some of the symptoms of metallosis generally include pain around the site of the implant, rash or pseudotumors.
The SafetyFix System is the first FDA cleared device designed to allow for bunion fixation to occur and all metal hardware to be easily removed. The unique shape of the screw allows the realignment of the bunion correction while keeping the head of the screw just below the surface of the skin. When the bones heal, a small incision is made to remove the screw without having to cut through deep layers of previously healed soft tissue and bone. By removing the screw, the risk of short and long term complications and health problems from metal toxicity is greatly reduced because there is no metal or unnatural foreign material left inside your body.
Feel free to contact your local podiatry office to discuss having your bunion repairs with removable screws.