Saturday, January 8, 2011

Resolution #4: Don’t let bunions make you or break you!

Bunions are more than that bump at the base of your big toe. Bunions are deformities of the joint due foot type and bone structure. Bunions are progressive deformities in both women and men. The longer they are left untreated, the more likely they are to develop debilitating arthritis and to interfere with your daily activities. Don’t wait until they are severe to have them corrected! It is best to treat them before they become arthritic. Our surgeons will use X-rays to determine what stage your bunion is in and how best to treat it. Most of our bunion patients are back on their feet within a few days of surgery.

A patient that had surgery right before the end of the year came in for her follow up visit last week and couldn't believe how easy the surgery was. She said she only took two pain pills. Don't be afraid of surgery if it is recommended - certainly feel free to get a second opinion, but be sure that the opinion discusses what procedure should be performed, not just if you are ready for surgery.

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