By Joseph M. LaCava, DPM
April 01, 2015
Category: Bunions
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Surgery ToolsWith April Fool’s Day peeking its mischievous head right around the corner, you know it’s almost time to be wary of “expert” advice and news. Fortunately for you, Central Arkansas Foot Care is here to set the record straight on a couple of matters. The value of pi is not changing to 3.0, the Liberty Bell is not being bought by a fast food chain, and not all bunions require surgery! That said, there are times when bunion surgery may be the right choice (no joking!).

When we look at providing care for bunions, there are two different categories of treatment – conservative and surgical. If we can utilize conservative care for a condition, we will. This may entail wearing roomier shoes, using arch supports or bunion pads, and protecting pressure areas with felt or moleskin patches.

One of the times that we will begin considering bunion surgery—which is an elective procedure—is if conservative treatment methods simply do not provide enough relief from the pain and discomfort you are experiencing. When this is the case, we will start to discuss various surgical procedures that might benefit you.

Another instance where we will consider surgery is when your bunion interferes with your ability to perform your normal, daily activities. Being unable to walk on account of a troublesome bunion can affect your independence and self-reliance. This is certainly one situation where surgery is worth discussing.

If your big toe has started to angle in towards your other toes, you experience constant swelling, or you cannot straighten or bend your big toe, then surgery may be right for you. At this point, we can likely correct the condition with a surgical procedure.

Should you have bunion surgery? The decision can seem daunting, but you aren’t on your own with Central Arkansas Foot Care. We always ensure that you have all the information necessary to make an informed choice that you are comfortable with. If you are currently living with the pain and discomfort that can accompany a bunion, take steps to let us help you today. Contact any of our three offices by using our online form, or call (501) 321-4844 for our Hot Springs, AR office, (870) 245-3003 for our Arkadelphia office, or (501) 337-0700 for our Malvern office.

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