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Declaring War on Bunions – Part II

At Dallas Podiatry Works, we often observe what a painful and aggravating condition bunions can be. Fortunately, there is help! Early conservative intervention includes:

  • Padding to reduce pressure
  • Change of footwear
  • Customized orthotics
  • Modification of activities

If this does not resolve the pain, surgery may be necessary. There are several procedures that can be done, depending on the severity of the deformity and the desired outcome and Dr. Brook and/or Dr. Northcutt will discuss options with you.

bunion treatment dallas txMost bunion surgery is done at the big toe joint. The bony protrusion is removed and the toe is realigned. This surgery often allows you to walk that day, although you must remain at rest for about a week, with your foot elevated. If your job requires a lot of walking or standing, you may have to plan on a 4-6 weeks of recovery time. Otherwise you could return to work in about a week. Healing time depends on the patient and their circumstances as well as the combination of procedures performed. Your doctor will advise you when you can return to work. If the severity of your bunion is extreme, the surgery performed may be more complex. This requires a longer healing time because the foot may be more unstable. More often than not, this surgery would require the patient to be non-weight bearing with the use of crutches or a knee walker.

The success rate of bunion surgery is high and patients are usually quite satisfied. Providing the patient with enough information as what to expect before surgery is critical. Pain is usually minimal, and can easily be controlled with prescribed medication. In our practice we often use an OnQ Painbuster, a pain pump using local anesthetic, which can make this almost pain-free. Due to the nature of this surgery, it is often done as outpatient under a local or combined anesthetic. If you have bunions on both feet, your doctor may prefer to correct one foot at a time, waiting a number of weeks between surgeries.

Post-surgical complications could arise, but can usually be avoided by carefully following the doctor’s orders. Possible areas of concern are:

  • Infection
  • Over correction/under correction of the deformity
  • Bone not healing
  • Bone healing in wrong position

Drs. Brook and Northcutt are experts at bunion surgery. Call (972) 566-7474 Dallas, or (972) 943-3323 Baylor/Plano or fill out our online contact form for help and further information. After an examination of your feet and test results, they can discuss with you the most viable treatment options. Remember, your feet don’t have to hurt!

If you have a success story with having a bunion surgery performed, we’d love to hear your story!

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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