Many patients describe their bunion as an enlarged bony bump on the inside of their foot at the base of the big toe. The truth, however, is that bunions are much more complicated.
Bunions, in fact, result from a gradual shift in the position and alignment of the first metatarsal, the long bone between the large toe and the instep of the foot.
As the first metatarsal gradually shifts, the visible “bump” at the base of the big toe becomes more pronounced. At the same time, the big toe begins to drift towards the second toe, and in severe cases, the second toe can end up overlapping the big toe.
How to Know if You Need Surgery?
In most cases, surgery for a bunion is only recommended if conservative treatment options have failed to provide adequate relief of pain and discomfort. Our doctor will also consider the severity of the bunion and how it is affecting your ability to walk and perform daily activities.
If your bunion is causing significant pain, causing difficulty walking, or interfering with your daily activities, our doctor may recommend surgery. Other indications for bunion surgery include:
- Chronic inflammation and swelling of the bunion and surrounding tissues.
- Development of calluses or corns on the bunion or adjacent toes.
- Crowding of the toes, causing them to overlap or become distorted.
- Deformity of the big toe, causing it to bend inward or outward.
- Loss of range of motion in the big toe joint.
If you are considering bunion surgery, it is important to consult with Dr. Bobrowski, who can evaluate your condition and determine if surgery is the best option for you.
Get Help for Your Bunion Pain!
If you think you might have a bunion, the earlier you get it evaluated, the easier it is to treat. Contact our office in New Bern, North Carolina by calling (252) 638-4700. You can also fill out our online contact form and one of our staff will reach out to you.
Stop putting off getting your bunion pain treated, let us help you get relief!