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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.
The Princess and her bunions
It is becoming extremely common for humans to form bunions in their lifespan. Bunions are typically a very uncomfortable bump, forming over the bottom (or base) of the large toe on a human foot. Doctors are seeing a rise in the number of adults coming forward with foot pain, leading to the diagnosis of a bunion. While humans have experienced bunion pain for quite some time, with the advancement of medical knowledge and technology there are a continual increase of strategies to reduce bunion pain or remove the bunion all together.
What causes bunions?
While we, as humans, don’t realize the amount of work our bodies actually do for us to function on a daily basis, our feet literally carry our entire body weight each and every day. Most adults typically form problems with their feet early on in adulthood. Bunions are typically more common with women, simply because of the fit and wear of many women’s shoes (high heels definitely contribute to potential bunion problems). However, men are definitely still susceptible to forming bunions. In general, the shoes created for the human foot pushes the toes together in an unnatural way, causing the bones in the foot to alter in shape. This can often result in forming a bunion. Along with all of these factors, bunions can also simply be programed into your genes. Yes, bunions have been found to be a characteristic passed down to you in your genetics.
What does a bunion feel like?
For most people, bunions are not typically classified as comfortable. In fact, most people with bunions would tell you they can be extremely painful. Bunions will often swell and hurt when touched. The color of a bunion is commonly red, but this is not always the case. You may find certain circumstances will cause your bunion to hurt more than others.
Are there treatment options for bunions?
When meeting with a doctor to talk about options for your bunion pain treatment, they will typically initially advise a different environment for your feet; wearing shoes that will work around your bunion. This generally means finding shoes that are a wider fit, or even sandals (exposing the feet) while still providing the arch of your foot with support. Along with changes to your daily shoe choices, an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication may also be a suggestion to help you manage your bunion pain. You can also find some padding specifically designed to place over bunions while wearing shoes in an attempt to lower your bunion pain level.
If your bunion pain continues to persist, go back to your doctor to talk about additional options such as a bunionectomy to get bunion relief. This procedure is done to correct the bunion that has formed on your foot. While this surgery is usually successful, make sure you talk to your doctor about what the right bunion treatment option for you.
If you struggle with bunion pain, do your research and find options that are going to work best for you, your lifestyle and your bunion.
Please see pictures below of a recent patient's successful bunion procedure: