Bunion surgery may not be the best option

Conservative bunion treatments may be worth trying before deciding on surgery.

Bunion surgery may not be the best optionWhile some bunion sufferers may consider surgery, a recent article in USA Today warns that it can be tricky and may provide imperfect results. Experts in the field suggest that surgery may leave patients unsatisfied and still at risk for developing bunions in the future.

The news provider reports that 90 percent of all bunion surgeries require breaking the bone to reposition the joint and straighten it. The procedure can leave a patient with permanent scarring and less motion and feeling in the joint. Without additional cosmetic intervention, the foot may never look the same again, and the cost of surgery already ranges from $3,500 to $4,000 without involving a cosmetic surgeon.

Byron Hutchison, a Seattle member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, told USA Today that "to do it right, we must attack the source of the problem by realigning the toe joint, and this requires about eight weeks of recovery and rehabilitation in most cases. There's no quick fix." He also mentioned that full recovery could take up to a year.

The website of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons cautions against expectations that surgery will give the patient a perfect foot. It stressed that surgery is meant to provide relief of pain, rather than produce aesthetic effects. 


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