What Are The Risks of Bunion Surgery?
When it comes to living with bunions, we often see surgery as the main recommendation for treatment. However, in this new world of Covid-19, many bunion sufferers have had their bunion surgery cancelled, or have decided to steer clear of non-essential procedures until COVID-19 is under control. While bunion surgery may be a must in extreme cases, we find that there are various non-surgical bunion care options that are worth exploring first. Today, Bunion Bootie is discussing bunion surgery, the risks involved and various natural treatment options for those that suffer from bunions. If you have any additional questions about bunion surgery or our various non-surgical treatment options, feel free to reach out. We’re always happy to assist our customers.
Bunion Surgery During COVID-19
Many procedures are being cancelled or postponed for a wide variety of reasons during COVID-19. Anything from medical facilities managing low inventory of PPE (personal protective equipment) needed for even elective procedures, discouraging non essential staff and patients from entering the facility, and operating rooms often have ventilators, which are required to support COVID-19 patients. It’s clear that especially in areas hard hit by the CoronaVirus, even outpatient operations are better off postponed, especially since many bunion surgery candidates align can be identified as high risk for COVID-19.
According to PodiatryToday, hallux varus typically occurs due to an overcorrected bunion, resulting in the big toe pulling away from the foot in the wrong direction. During bunion surgery, overcorrection occurs, leading to muscular imbalance at the joint of the big toe. Hallux varus can occur rapidly after bunion surgery, however, the issue typically occurs slowly over time. Left untreated, hallux varus can lead to arthritis, foot deformity, pain and contractures of the big toe joint.
When surgery is performed on any joint in the body, the risk for stiffness and limited mobility is present. Following bunion surgery, scar tissue can actually build up inside of the big toe joint, limited the range of motion the patient may have. It is recommended to gently move and exercise the big toe following bunion surgery as this can improve movement and limit scar tissue formation.
Although typically not serious, infection can occur following any surgery. Typically with bunion surgery, infection is superficial, responding quite easily to topical antibiotic treatment. In more rare cases, infection of the hardware used to stabilize during bunion surgery can occur, according to Neal M. Blitz, DPM, FACFAS this can compromise bone healing and successful treatment.
Bone Healing Complications
With any surgery that involves cutting or fusing bones, healing complications can occur. It typically takes about six to eight weeks for bone healing to occur, Nonunion occurs when the bone has not properly healed after a few months. The type of surgery performed along with the health of the patient play a huge role in bone healing and certain complications. It is recommended to be as healthy as possible prior to your bunion surgery.
Return of Bunions
Bunion recurrence is actually one of the most common risks of bunion surgery. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, bunion recurrence typically occurs over a long period of time following surgical intervention. The risk of this occurring can depend heavily on the exact type of bunion correction surgery that is performed. If you must undergo bunion surgery, we recommend discussing the most successful routes.
What Can Be Done Other Than Bunion Surgery?
There in fact are! At Bunion Bootie we are dedicated to educating our patients about non-surgical bunion treatment options along with providing various products that can help. Bunions splints, pads and shoe inserts can provide temporary relief from symptoms while preventing further complications. Bunion balms and essential oils can be applied to the feet/toes for a massage. This can provide relief from the discomfort, stiffness and pain often caused by bunion formation and the associated complications.
Start Non-Surgical Bunion Treatment Today
Interested in addressing your bunions but want to avoid surgery for the time being? We completely understand and are proud to offer various products that can help with your journey. Our Bunion/Bunionette Booties can be worn to temporarily improve symptoms. Our Bunion Balm and Essential Oils for Bunions can be used to massage the area and address the associated symptoms and complications that come with bunion formation.
If you have any questions about our non-surgical bunion treatment options, feel free to reach out. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you select the right treatment option for you.