What is a Bunion?
A bunion is a hard bump that forms around the joint of your big toe (also known as the metatarsophalangeal joint or MPJ). Bunions are often painful and typically develop slowly over time. Most people with bunions also notice their big toes start drifting toward their second toes.
How Can a Bunion Complicate Your Life?
Although bunions are not considered a life-threatening medical condition, they can significantly impact your ability to perform your everyday tasks in comfort. Complications include:
- Altered gait: Bunions can affect how your foot purchases the ground and supports your body weight. The instability associated with bunions will negatively affect your gait altering the function of your knees and hips over an extended period of time.
- Poor balance: As your bunions grow, you may be less steady on your feet – bad news if you live an active lifestyle!
- Increased risk of falls in elders: Older people with bunions are at increased risk of falls. If the fall is severe, they could even suffer life-changing injuries.
What to Expect After the Bunion Surgery
To ensure your toe joint heals properly after bunion surgery, you will need to look after your feet in the following ways:
- Wear the surgical shoe, or CAM Walker all the time. Restrict walking to short distances, extensive activity is discouraged.
- Use MLS Laser treatments to reduce post-op pain and accelerate healing.
- Elevate and ice your foot regularly to reduce swelling and speed up recovery time.
- Keep your wound and bandages clean and dry.
- Take prescribed pain medications in line with Dr. Bobrowski’s advice.
- Wait at least six to eight weeks before resuming normal activities. In some cases, recovery may take up to 12 weeks.
- Undergo physical rehabilitation to improve your gait, balance, and range of motion.
Enjoy Effective Bunion Treatment With Crystal Coast Podiatry
Are you struggling with big toe pain? Do you suspect you have bunions? Do not hesitate to reach out to Crystal Coast Podiatry today. Dr. Bobrowski and his team will examine your feet and offer expert advice to improve your symptoms and quality of life. Call us at (252) 638-4700 or get in touch online to book an appointment.