When is bunion surgery necessary?

When surgery is necessaryMany times your bunion symptoms can be relieved with non-surgical treatment, such as changing your shoe styles, using splints at night in the early stages, routine stretching, various pain medications or therapies we may prescribe, or the use of custom orthotics to rebalance your foot. However, there are certain situations in which we would recommend bunion surgery:

  • When you have unrelieved severe pain that keeps you from walking

  • When your toe joint is constantly inflamed and swollen

  • If the toe is stiff and unbendable

  • If your toe is moving toward your second toe or they start to overlap

Correcting bunions through surgery often involves shaving away part of the bone. The bone may also be cut, repositioned, and held in place with screws or pins. Tendons may be shortened or lengthened to keep the problem from returning. There are over a hundred specific procedures, and you need an expert who has done many bunion surgeries to determine which one(s) you need. Trust the high standard of foot care from Dr. Robert Parker at Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX. Call us today at (281) 497-2850 to schedule your appointment, or use our online form.

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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.