Knee replacement surgery is something to be avoided
Individuals with bunions often experience knee problems, which can be nipped in the bud.
People with bunions sometimes have off-kilter landing mechanics because their bony deformity causes a stiffness and painful sensation in the joint of the big toe, leading them to take steps differently than they normally would.
As a result, these individuals often experience other conditions affecting the lower extremities, including the ankle, knee and hips. When these problems become advanced, surgery is sometimes recommended.
A new study conducted at the Yale School of Medicine suggests that while knee replacement devices have come a long way, they are sometimes not worth the cost and risk of surgery in some patients.
"Patients, physicians, device manufacturers, and policymakers should be aware that innovative medical devices may not offer equal value in all patients," said first author Lisa G. Suter, M.D.Luckily, it may be possible for people to avoid lower extremity conditions by correcting their bunions or hammer toe, and this can be done non-invasively by using bunion splints or orthotics.