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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. Aakruti Bhalja is an expert in treating ankle pain. If ankle pain is ruining your life, Dr Bhalja will obtain x-rays, perform comprehensive physical exam and history, review the surgical and non-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.

Patient sharing their experience after undergoing successful Bunions Surgery

We strive to provide the highest level of care with surgical treatments of Bunions. Patients have consistently given us 5-stars in their reviews. From your initial appointment booking, to the interaction with front desk staff, to our doctors, & to the experience at the surgical center, we strive for perfection. Check out our reviews on the top medical review sites.

★★★★★

Dr. Bhalja was professional, thoughtful, sensitive and compassionate at a time when I was worried and in pain. Her ability to both listen to my needs and concerns and offer concrete help all done with a professionalism and humanity that I rarely find when a new patient was both reassuring and a testament to her as a skillful doctor and practitioner. – R.D

★★★★★

Dr. Bhalja may be the nicest person I ever met. She has an excellent bedside manner. She answered all of my questions and sent in my prescriptions immediately. I was very nervous about going to a podiatrist and she put me at ease immediately. – Maxwell S.

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.

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
Corns or calluses can be a symptom of a bunion!!!

SURGICAL OUTCOMES

FAQS

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?

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:

  • An overgrowth or swelling of the soft tissue covering this joint (bursitis).
  • A congenitally (at birth) wide head of the fifth metatarsal bone.
  • An actual bowing and/or splaying of the fifth metatarsal bone.
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:

  • An overgrowth or swelling of the soft tissue covering this joint (bursitis).
  • A congenitally (at birth) wide head of the fifth metatarsal bone.
  • 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.

A system review study of 706 cheilectomy patients, found 91{7ff2e910a5b084a181844203bec7eb138173418ee2cf1cf98f1b9e8ca0ad2aae} overall success rate after this surgery!!!

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