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Bunions are a deformity of the big toe in which it moves out of position toward the other toes and causes a protrusion to form at the side of the toe joint. That big bump sticking out of the side of your big toe may be embarrassing and unsightly, but is getting rid of it surgically the right decision? Any surgery has risks, but sometimes more conservative treatments aren’t sufficient to give you the relief you need. Better looking feet and accessibility to certain shoe styles are not adequate reasons for surgery, but if your bunions are inflamed, swollen, and painful, it may be time to consult with Dr. Andrew Irvine in Calgary to determine the best course of action to restore the health of your feet.

What is the Procedure?

There are over 100 types of bunion surgery, and the one you need is determined by the exact nature of your deformity and which bones and tissues are involved. One type may involve simply removing the part of the bone that is sticking out. In other cases, the bone may be cut behind the joint, repositioned, and pinned into place. Still others will involve removing wedges of bone or soft tissue, realigning the bones, or even inserting an artificial joint. Most of these procedures are done on an outpatient basis and involve the use of local anesthetic and sedatives to make you as comfortable as possible.

What Do I Need to Do for Bunion Surgery?

We will walk you through every step of the way, by giving you instructions about eating, drinking, taking or stopping medications, and bathing and caring for the foot before and after surgery. You will want to talk with your medical practitioner to make sure you are able to undergo surgery. Although the surgery itself may only take an hour, you should not schedule anything else for that day, and you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home afterwards. You should not plan any trips for 2 – 3 weeks after the surgery.

What Results Can I Expect?

After surgery, your foot should be less painful and the big toe will be straighter. It will take at least 6 weeks to heal and you should expect some limitations in your movement during that time. It may be 6 months to a year before you have completely healed from the procedure. Sometimes the bunion will return, especially if you go back to wearing narrow shoes or high heels.

With so many different options and considerations, it is important to find a surgeon who really understands your unique foot biomechanics and who has performed many different kinds of bunion surgery. At Axis Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Andrew Irvine specializes in bunions. If daily pain is limiting your lifestyle, call (403) 477-3338 today and set up an appointment at one of the three offices in Calgary. Put your feet in good hands!

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