Many bunions can be managed with conservative treatments, but sometimes, they get too large and painful to deal with. When this happens, it’s time to get surgery to make your bunions smaller.
There are different types of minimally invasive bunion surgery, and the best surgery for you depends on multiple factors. Learn from board-certified podiatrist Thomas Rambacher, DPM, FACFAS, FAPWCA, at Podiatry Hotline Foot & Ankle in Mission Viejo, what customized bunion surgery is, and how it works.
Why might I need bunion surgery?
Dr. Rambacher usually recommends surgery to anyone who hasn’t been able to control their bunion symptoms with conservative treatment. This includes those who still have high levels of bunion pain after trying conservative pain management.
You might also be a good candidate for surgery if your bunions are large enough to interfere with walking, buying shoes, or other daily activities. Surgery is also the only way to permanently correct alignment issues and deformities that develop in your feet because of bunions.
What bunion surgery is available?
Depending on different factors, Dr. Rambacher performs customized bunion surgery based on your needs. Most bunion surgeries he performs are minimally invasive, using small incisions to reduce swelling, risk of side effects, and recovery time.
This means you can usually go home on the same day as the surgery. You can expect to be up and walking using a walking boot within days after your procedure.
Surgery Dr. Rambacher performs to relieve bunion issues includes:
- Eliminating or making bunions smaller by shaving off bone
- Straightening and realigning the big toe and big toe joint
- Correcting any misaligned or deformed toe or foot bones
If you have arthritis in your foot contributing to your bunion, Dr. Rambacher can also remove joint surfaces that are arthritic. He can also correct other foot problems as part of your bunion removal plan.
Determining the right customized bunion surgery
Before recommending the most suitable bunion surgery, Dr. Rambacher performs an assessment. This involves multiple steps, including:
- A physical examination
- Comparative X-rays of your bunion and foot
- Determination of your foot type
- Whether you have other comorbid foot conditions, such as hammertoes or arthritis
- Gait analysis
- Assessment of bone, ligament, tendon, and toe alignment damage caused by your bunions
All these tools come together to create your diagnostic assessment. Based on this assessment, Dr. Rambacher creates a personalized plan that most effectively removes your bunions and reduces the risk of them recurring.
Getting custom bunion surgery
Your bunion surgery’s duration varies based on the complexity of the surgery required to correct your bunions. Sometimes, Dr. Rambacher recommends dividing the surgery into two or more procedures.
A typical bunion surgery takes place under local anesthesia, which means your foot is numb, but you aren’t asleep. During the surgery, Dr. Rambacher often makes incisions in and around your big toe to reduce the bunion size and correct the alignment issues in surrounding bones, tendons, and ligaments.
After surgery, you typically recover at home and attend follow-up appointments at Podiatry Hotline Foot & Ankle. Follow Dr. Rambacher’s care instructions for the best possible recovery.
A customized bunion surgery guarantees the best possible outcome for pain-free, permanently bunion-free feet. Contact us to get your custom bunion consultation started.