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 Do I Know If I Need Surgery?
Bunion surgery is only recommended if the deformity interferes with and/or dictates your lifestyle. If your bunion keeps you from doing what you love (such as running, walking or hiking), or makes it difficult to get through your daily routine without pain, it is probably time to get it corrected.
There are several different surgical procedures used to correct bunions. Dr. Bobrowski will recommend an approach based on the severity of your bunion and your lifestyle goals.
Bunion surgery is a procedure that Dr. Bobrowski has performed routinely for many years, and his patients are highly satisfied with the long-term results.
If you think you may have a bunion, do not wait until it becomes painful to have it treated. Remember that bunions are progressive, and conservative therapy in the early stages can successfully slow down the development of this deformity and possibly prevent the need for surgery. Call InStride Crystal Coast Podiatry in New Bern at (252) 638-4700 to schedule your appointment or complete our contact form if you prefer a member of our staff reach out to you.