Surgery Can Be the Best Way to Treat a Bunion

A bunion is a painful foot deformity that occurs when pressure causes the bones at the big toe knuckle to move out of place and protrude toward the inner edge of the foot. In addition to the change in foot shape, other bunion symptoms include redness and swelling. A bunion can make it hard to stand, walk, exercise, or even wear shoes comfortably. Even worse, for many patients, the longer the bunion goes untreated, the more painful it becomes.


Your podiatrist might begin treating your bunion with non-invasive measures including over-the-counter and prescription medication for pain and swelling, or perhaps with custom orthotics to provide cushioning and support. However, if your symptoms worsen, s/he may recommend surgery to correct the problem. This surgery is called a bunionectomy, and it is an effective solution. Bunionectomies are performed under whole-body anesthesia. Specific procedures can range from the simple shaving of excess bone to more complex methods, such as cutting and moving the bones in the joint. Your doctor will choose the method of surgery that is best for you.


After your surgery, you will need some help, because you will be unable to drive, walk, or even stand unassisted for a period of time. You’ll need to use crutches or another device to help you keep weight off your feet. It will take six to eight weeks to get through this period of recovery. Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy to get you back on your feet.


If a bunion is causing you pain, or if you have any other concerns about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, a visit with a podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM is the first step to recovery. With years of training and experience, your foot doctor is a medical specialist, and the best-qualified medical professional to help you. Schedule a visit with Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos in our modern, convenient office. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started today.

Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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