Do bunions and bunionettes need surgery?

feet standing on tiptoe on a wooden surfaceBunions and bunionettes are progressive conditions, which means they will gradually worsen in severity. Treatment options involve protection or correction. Protection involves changing the environment around the deformity by shoe section and modification, padding, and orthotics. Correction involves surgery to correct the bone deformity. Conservative care has a better success rate in the initial stage of these deformities. Ultimately, the decision to undergo bunion surgery is your call.

If you are considering having surgery for a bunion or bunionette, it is important that you carefully balance your “wants and needs.” The present limitations, pain, and eventual progression should be weighed against the length of recovery, risks of complications, and family or job restrictions. Understanding every step of the recovery process will lead to the bests results as well as lower the stress while you wait to get back to full activity. Little details like: how long do I need to keep my foot dry (10-14 days)?, how long until I can drive (Right feet have a longer interval than left)?, or when can I start to exercise (Swimming and cycling can start before walking and running)?

There are certainly cases when bunion surgery makes sense, but this should be a discussion we have here in our Indianapolis, IN office. We’ll be happy to assess your situation and help you determine the best course of action. Give us a call at (317) 545-0505, or take advantage of our online form to request your appointment today.