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Bunions
This is also a common podiatric problem. We see bunions in children all the way up to the elderly. The big toe is generally the hardest working toe! This toe generally supports most of your body weight and is considered the “landing –gear” of the foot. A bunion can generally form due to trauma , genetic or excessive and abnormal weight through the joint. Sometimes the shape of the foot will change due to this. These can occur on the first or big toe joint as well as the 5th.

Types of Bunions
1) POSITIONAL – or mild bunions- result from the growth of new bone
2) STRUCURAL or severe bunions results when the joint at the base of the toe shifts position.
** Many bunions are a combination of both these types.

Diagnosis
A clinical and radiographic examination will be performed. The bump may be large and visible and many patients will complain of pain.

Will include clinical appearance as well as radiographic findings. The bump may be large and visible and many patients will complain of pain and generally not liking the appearance of the foot.

Testing will include XRAYS and measurement of the angles that the bones form. This allows Dr. Wood to decide on the best surgery for you.

There are many ways the foot can be corrected and the healing time and post op course will vary depending on which procedure is chosen. The most common procedure is called the Austin bunionectomy. This involves cutting the bone and repositioning it into a corrected position. The excess bone is then removed after the joint is carefully realigned. This surgery is great in the sense that you can walk the same day in a boot. All you need is a simple post op shoe or boot! Can you imagine! All you need is a simple post op shoe or boot. Healing time is generally 6-8 weeks, and most patients are back in soft tennis shoes at 5-6 weeks.

 

Austin Podiatry provides treatment for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Diabetic care
  • Geriatric foot care
  • Laser Toenail Treatment
  • PRP(platelet rich plasma) injections
  • Sports medicine
  • Trauma-Surgery
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Warts
  • Wound Care
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