Bunions are a type of outgrowth in a bone that results in a prominent lump. This commonly happens near the great toe of the foot. This may look unusual, but more importantly it can result in pressure symptoms when a patient puts on their shoes, or pain with prolonged standing or walking etc.
Their development may be contributed to by genetics, gender, shoe-wear, trauma, etc.
The medical term for this condition is Hallux Valgus.
Not all patients with a bunion require surgical correction. Initial treatment is aimed at alleviating any pain or pressure symptoms, this can be done with soft inserts/orthotics, adequate shoe-wear, activity modification, and simple pain killers.
Patients who experience significant dysfunction despite the above measures may benefit from surgery. Dr Ihsheish will make a clinical and radiological assessment and discuss surgery if necessary, which is aimed at removing the prominent part of the bone or underlying soft-tissue, the bone mal-alignment is corrected and fixed with internal devices. The surgery usually requires six weeks to get over, patients are allowed to walk with the aid of crutches and special shoes. Dr Ihsheish will also discuss with you other details, including risks of such surgery, and the expected recovery and outcome.