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Bunion Surgery

Bunionectomy Procedure

Bunions can cause significant pain in the big toe. While there are over the counter treatments for the symptoms of a bunion, often the best course of action is bunion corrective surgery.

About Bunion Corrective Surgery

What causes bunions to form?

A bunion is a bony bump at the base of your big toe. It forms when the bones around this joint move out
of alignment.

This causes the joint to jut outward, creating the uncomfortable bump that usually presses against the
shoe causing redness, swelling and pain.

What is Bunion Corrective Surgery?

Depending on the severity of the bunion, age and activity level of the person, different surgical options may be available.

Most commonly, the bone is cut to realign your big toe and reduce the width of the foot, restoring the  joint to its original position.


In cases where arthritis or inflammation are present, it may be necessary to fuse the joint to eliminate pain and reduce further damage.

How long is Bunion Surgery recovery?

As an out patient procedure, you are home and comfortable the day of the surgery. The healing process can last 4-8 weeks before normal ambulation is achieved. During that time, a protective shoe or cast is likely required.


Depending on severity, physical therapy may be recommended to ensure return of full range of motion and strength.

Should I consider Bunion Corrective Surgery?

Bunion surgery, or Bunionectomy, is usually only required when the bunion is causing pain or reducing foot function. Signs you may need bunion surgery include:

  • Big toe that drifts toward the smaller toes.

  • Hallux rigidus, or a stiff big toe.

  • Pain that interferes with your daily activities.

  • Swelling and inflammation in the big toe that doesn’t go away.

If you identify with any of these symptoms, we recommend you visit a skilled podiatric surgeon. If you wish to know more about Bunion Corrective Surgery, or want to schedule an appointment, click here.


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