How to avoid bunion surgery
An invasive, expensive operation should be the last resort when it comes to correcting bunions or hammer toe.
Bunion surgery has been known to cause pain and involves a prolonged healing time, a chance of recurrence and potentially exorbitant costs.
KomoNews.com reports that bunion surgery should be thought of as a last resort option, and that choosing shoes with a wide toe box or wearing orthotics may help correct bunions or hammer toe.
According to USA Today, bunion surgery can cost between $3,500 and $4,000 if it's not covered by insurance, and that's without the use of a cosmetic surgeon, who may help to minimize scars or disfigurement.
"There is nothing magical about bunion surgery," says Carol Frey, an orthopedic surgeon, quoted by USA Today. "Results are not always 100 percent. [And] you will not fit in fashion shoes for six months after surgery."Additionally, bunion splints or orthotics may help to prevent bunions or hammer toe from forming. The Bunion Aid from Alpha Orthotics has a unique hinge to allow users to be mobile while they keep bunions at bay.