Bunions on Feet

What Causes Bunions, Bunion Treatment, Shoes for Bunions, and more

Is Bunion Foot Surgery in Your Future?

Avoid Foot Surgery
If At All Possible

Bunion foot surgery is a common procedure, but even so, nobody wants to have surgery of any kind if they can help it.  As with any surgery, you have some serious issues to face if bunion foot surgery is an experience your podiatrist says you can’t avoid.

Going to the hospital for surgery even if it’s on an outpatient basis, takes a big bite out of your important schedule. Plus, there’s always the concern of how much your insurance will pay. Another major consideration is recovery time, which unfortunately is not always what your doctor leads you to expect.

Surgery on your feet has it’s own particular implications, in that you have to stay off your feet for what might be an extended period of time afterward. Plus, you have to be super careful to keep the swelling down or your recovery could last much longer than you expect. This is never a good situation, unless you are content to spend lots of time – perhaps weeks or longer – in bed with your laptop or a pile of books.  Of course, this situation means that someone trustworthy has to be around all the time to wait on you to bring you lunch, help you to the bathroom, etc.

These are good reasons to avoid surgery on your feet it at all possible.

The most common type of foot surgery is surgery for bunion removal. Bunion foot surgery, also called a bunionectomy, is usually performed on an out-patient basis, but nevertheless all the concerns mentioned above are the same. Keeping the swelling down is of paramount importance after bunion surgery, and this requires ice packs and keeping your feet elevated. If you don’t take care of your feet properly and keep the swelling down, then your  recovery can last for months. No one is happy in this situation, but it is one many people have to deal with one way or another.

Avoid Getting a Foot Bunion in the First Place

Of course, avoiding a foot bunion the first place is a guaranteed way to avoid this kind of surgery. Many doctors in the field of podiatry believe that the tendency to get bunions is inherited, as is flat feet  or low arches, but the whether or not a person actually develops bunions is due primarily to the kinds of shoes she wears.

Notice that I wrote “she” in the last sentence above. This is because many estimates indicate that over 90% of the people who get bunions are women. And women are the ones who wear shoes with high heels and pointed toes. So…whereas bunions have a genetic component which relates to abnormal bone structure, many if not most women could go their whole lives without even knowing they have something different about the bones in their foot (around the big toe joint) or by ever being bothered by any foot problems.

Avoiding surgery is a goal for any reasonable person, but unfortunately, most surgeries are unavoidable.  Illnesses, diseases, and accidents place thousands of people everyday on the operating table. We are blessed to have such advances in the medical profession that allow for life-saving medical procedures.

Bunions are by no means life-threatening, but they can certainly put a major dent in your life-style even before they become severe.  The experience of debilitating pain whenever you put on a pair of shoes will definitely curtail your activities and diminish your enjoyment of life.

Bunion splints and other bunion aids help a lot of people, but if you are not among those who are significantly helped by non-surgical bunion treatment, you will most likely end up having bunion surgery.

Certainly, shoes with high heels and pointed toes have a certain sexy appeal…why else would women subject themselves to wearing these shoes that are murder on their feet?  Of course, wearing  sexy shoes occasionally will not cause any lasting harm, but if you wear them on a regular basis, you are issuing an invitation for an ugly bump on the side of your foot to appear; a bump that will only get worse without constant care and attention.

All of this leads to one question for the reader:  Is bunion foot surgery in your future?


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