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Dr. Bhalja Is Certified By The American Board of Podiatric Medicine (ABPM)
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TREATING A BUNION

Foot pain is one of the most common and painful conditions. Dr. Aakruti Bhalja is an expert in Bunion Surgery.  If a bunion is ruining your life, Dr Bhalja will obtain x-rays to decide the severity of the bunion, review the surgical options to reduce pain and deformity.  She will also discuss recovery time, return to work and activity.

Dr. Bhalja is a highly reviewed bunion specialist.

Ann

“Dr. Bhalja was wonderful. She took the time to explain the procedure I was having done. She also answered all my questions with patience.”

Sabrina

“Dr. Bhaljia was so detailed, warm, and personable! She was so patient and made sure to x-ray my injured foot from various angles to ensure she could make an informed diagnosis. She also gave great advice for lifestyle changes to implement to support my foot health for the long-term!”

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WHAT IS A BUNION?

A bunion is a deformity at the base of the big toe.  It forms when the base of the big toe bows outwards and the tip of the big toe pushes against the toe next to it.  This a common condition that sometimes can be pain free.  However, often it causes pain with walking, deformity, stiffness, and problems with shoe gear as well.  Ultimately, a painful bunion is treated with surgery.

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WHAT CAUSES A BUNION?

Bunion deformity is often hereditary.  This means that more than likely people in your family can also have a bunion.  Also, women are more likely to have a bunion then men. Although high heels do not directly cause a bunion, they can make them more swollen and painful. People with one leg that is slightly longer than the other leg tend to also develop bunions. A bunion on the little toe is called a Tailor’s Bunion.

SYMPTOMS OF A BUNION:

  • Bump at the base of the big toe
  • Swelling and soreness at the base of the big toe
  • Chronic Foot Pain
  • Thickened skin at base of big toe
  • Limited movement of the big toe
  • Changes in gait pattern
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Corns or calluses can be a symptom of a bunion!!!

SURGICAL OUTCOMES

SOME FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BUNIONS

A large percentage of the population is likely to develop a bunion. Both men and women can develop bunions, although it appears that bunions are more commonly seen on women`s feet. A bunion is a swelling or enlargement of the large toe joint on the inner side of the foot. The deformity usually develops gradually and will cause pain from shoes rubbing against the enlarged bone. There may be swelling, redness and deep aching pain associated with the bunion joint, causing a bursitis.

WHY DO BUNIONS DEVELOP?

Bunions develop from a weakness in the bone structure of your foot. There is a strong possibility that heredity is the underlying cause. As a result, the joints have a tendency to move out of proper alignment given the instability of the bones and ligaments that form the various joints and arches in your feet. The bunions are not caused by improper shoegear but are significantly aggravated by improperly fitting shoes that place an unusual degree of pressure at the bunion joint.
As bunions become more severe, the joint moves out of proper alignment and eventually arthritis damages the joint space. The large toe will move sideways towards the second toe, and the foot tends to widen across the metatarsal area. This is a mechanical consequence not usually caused by shoegear. However, shoegear can certainly aggravate the condition and speed up the development of a more serious and significant deformity.

If surgery is recommended, we will discuss the surgical procedures that are best suited for your particular bun­ion deformity. There are many different types of bunion surgical procedures now available, many having been developed by podiatrists specializing in this type of surgery. The procedure selected is based on examination, X-ray findings, age and activity level of the patient; factors that can influence the final outcome. In all cases, both doctor and patient need to work as a team for a successful and satisfactory result.

WHAT KIND OF SURGERY IS REQUIRED TO REPAIR MY BUNION?
Mild bunion deformities that require surgery usually are treated by removing a small portion of the enlarged bone at the head of the metatarsal. We may also lengthen the tendons around the joint to realign the big toe. In more severe bunion deformities, your podiatrist may choose to perform several different procedures to realign the meta­tarsal. In some cases, pins, stainless steel screws, staples, wires or artificial joint implants are used so that realignment of the joint is maintained while the bone is healing.
WHAT IS A TAILOR`S BUNION DEFORMITY?

A tailor`s bunion is a small bunion at the base of the little toe. This condition is also known as a Bunionette. The name Tailor`s Bunion was derived from the way tailors used to sit with their legs crossed as they worked. Crossing their legs put pressure on the area known as the fifth metatarsal head, subsequently resulting in pain.
There are a few conditions which may cause the “bump” in this area:
1. An overgrowth or swelling of the soft tissue covering this joint (bursitis).
2. A congenitally (at birth) wide head of the fifth metatarsal bone.
3. An actual bowing and/or splaying of the fifth metatarsal bone.

HOW ARE TAILOR’S BUNIONS TREATED?
Where the bone is splayed, the surgery will consist of cutting through the bone or cutting out a wedge of bone to improve its position. These procedures are known as osteotomies, corrective surgical fractures of the bone.
WHY BUNION SURGERY?

If conservative non-surgical measures have failed to control pain and deformity, then surgical correction is indicated. 

Conservative treatments include:

  • Orthotics
  • Wearing wider shoulder or properly fitting shoes
  • Padding the toe
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
What are the Risks Of Bunion Surgery?

Every surgery has risks.  It is important to review the risks and benefits of any surgical intervention with your surgeon.  Some possible risks including post-surgical pain, infection, blood clot, damage to the nerves, anesthesia, as well as possible deformity recurrence.  

WHAT IS CHEILECTOMY SURGERY?

When bone spurs from the base of the big toe become painful and interfere with daily activities, a cheilectomy procedure is possible.  Bone spurs are caused by arthritis of the big toe, or hallux rigidis.  This means that there is a loss of motion in the joint.  This procedure involves the removal of the bony growth atop the big toe and clean-up of the joint.

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A system review study of 706 cheilectomy patients, found 91% overall success rate after this surgery!!!

DISCLAIMER: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

The information on this website is to provide general information. The information on this website does NOT reflect definitive medical advice and self-diagnoses should not be made based on information obtained online. It is important to consult a physician for a consultation and examination regarding ANY and ALL symptoms or signs you may be having. An accurate diagnosis and treatment plan should only be made by your physician in order to exclude a serious condition.

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