Bunions are a common foot condition that affect millions of people worldwide. They are characterized by a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe, which causes the toe to point toward the other toes instead of straight ahead. Bunions can be painful and cause difficulty with wearing certain types of shoes.
When a patient comes in with a bunion, Dr. Khavari begins with a thorough physical and biomechanical examination to evaluate the extent of the deformity and to assess underlying causes. Radiographs are then evaluated to further assess the severity of the condition.
Conservative treatment for bunions includes the use of orthotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), change in shoe gear, and possible injection therapy to manage pain and inflammation. Orthotics are used to help stabilize the foot and improve alignment, while NSAIDs help to reduce pain and swelling.
If conservative treatment fails to alleviate symptoms or if the deformity progresses, surgical intervention may be necessary. There are multiple surgical options available for correcting bunions, and the choice of procedure will depend on the severity of the deformity, the patient’s age, and overall health.
The most common surgical procedure for bunion correction is a bunionectomy, which involves the removal of the bony bump and realignment of the joint. Other surgical options include osteotomy, which involves the cutting and repositioning of bones in the foot, and arthrodesis, which fuses the bones in the joint.
Dr. Khavari works closely with each patient to determine the best course of treatment for their individual needs. The goal of bunion treatment is to alleviate pain, restore proper function, and prevent the bunion from recurring in the future.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort from a bunion, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Khavari at Carrollton Foot Center. He can help you determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs and get you back on your feet in no time.