Our goal at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute is always to care for your foot or ankle issues with the use of nonsurgical treatment. We do have the best staff, equipment, and environment to perform successful foot surgery when needed, but our preference is to keep that as a final option. When it comes to bunions, there are certainly conservative methods that can often address the symptoms of these common toe deformities. The only way to truly correct the issue, though, is with bunion surgery (bunionectomy).
As we look at surgical procedures for bunions, it is important to note that likely candidates are patients who suffer from intense pain and/or have restricted mobility as a result of the condition. If a bunion is mild and not causing a great issue, we will prescribe conservative methods.
Patients who do experience severe pain and restricted mobility will often benefit from bunion surgery, including procedures like:
- Osteotomy – This surgery entails small cuts being made into bones to help realign the joint into its natural position. Plates, pins, or screws may be used to fix the cut bone and keep everything in place.
- Arthrodesis – For patients who have severe arthritis, we may use this procedure to remove arthritic joint surfaces. As with osteotomy, plates, pins, and screws can help to hold surfaces together while the affected bones mend. We also sometimes use arthrodesis in cases where previous bunion surgery has been unsuccessful.
- Exostectomy – This procedure is rarely used alone, but it is centered on removing the bump from the big toe MTP joint. Most often, exostectomy is performed in conjunction with osteotomy.
Other procedures include repairing the ligaments and tendons that surround the big toe (to correct any imbalances in the affected joint) and resection arthroplasty (removal of the damage part of the joint).
As noted, our hope is that conservative bunion care will sufficiently address the symptoms you experience, but you can find peace of mind knowing that we also provide exceptional bunion surgery procedures.
If you or a loved one is suffering with pain from a bunion, come see us here at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute and we can assess the condition and then create a treatment plan for you. When you are ready to find the relief you need, give us a call at (512) 593-2949. If you’d prefer, simply take advantage of our online form and request your appointment today.