Get The Facts: Debunked Myths About Bunions
A bunion is defined as a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Bunions are one of the most common foot problems among people in the United States of America. In fact, studies show that one quarter to one third of Americans have bunion deformities. However, myths about bunions that lead to mistreatment are common as well.
One of the biggest myths about bunions is that you should surgically correct bunions even if they aren’t painful. The problem concerning surgically fixing a non-painful bunion is that surgery can result in post-operative pain that didn’t exist prior. Non-painful bunions are more necessary to be operated on if the bunion continues to become larger, interferes with wearing certain shoes, creates difficulty in engaging in physical activity, or is unsightly. Pain is the most common and necessary reason that people with bunions seek treatment.
Another major myth about bunions is that bunion surgery is harrowingly painful. Certainly, foot surgery can lead to increased post-operative pain because moderate swelling can aggravate nerves since the foot lacks soft tissue around the bones. Yet, bunion surgery isn’t particularly more painful than other surgeries. As with other surgeries, post-operative discomfort can be tolerated with pain medication and a program committed to pain relief.
A final myth about bunions is that you have to be absent from work for a significant period of time following bunion surgery. This isn’t necessarily true and is simply determined by the demands of your workplace. Often, a patient can return to a sedentary desk job within two weeks of surgery. Jobs requiring more physical activity will take more time to return to. The timetable varies based on surgeon protocol, type of bunion operation performed, and healing.
Bunions can develop from repetitive toe injuries, wearing improperly fitting shoes, overly high arches, arthritis, pronation, and genetic defects in the toe and joint. It’s imperative to recognize the symptoms such as pain or stiffness in the big toe, swelling around the big toe joint, and arches in the joint. The incidence of bunions is significantly higher among women and older adults.
Pain and limited physical activity can result from bunions and develop into a serious condition for anyone. It’s much better to catch the condition early before it gets worse. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper evaluation and diagnosis. There are a myriad of treatment options and a podiatrist can help you choose a method that fits your needs.
If you believe you’re developing a bunion or already have a painful bunion, call our office at 859-264-1141 or make an online appointment.