A bunion is a bump that forms on the large joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions tend to develop over time as a result of wearing tight-fitting shoes. Generally, people with bunions have a family history of this condition due to inherited foot structure issues. Other contributors to bunions include arthritis, improper foot mechanics, and foot injuries. If you are experiencing pain, or if your big toe is curving inward due to a bunion, be sure to schedule a visit to Premier Bone & Joint Centers. At our satellite clinic in Gillette, Wyoming, a qualified foot doctor can assess your condition and determine if bunion surgery is an appropriate path to treatment.
Signs You May Need Bunion Surgery
Most bunions are mild in nature and can be managed if the patient wears roomy footwear and takes nonsteroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as needed. Only in more severe cases where the patient is experiencing pain should bunion surgery be considered. Surgical intervention is sometimes necessary to address:
- Foot pain that hinders your ability to perform simple activities
- Chronic inflammation and swelling around the big toe
- Stiffness that makes it difficult to straighten and bend the big toe
- A foot deformity, such as excessive curvature of the big toe
Visit Gillitte’s Trusted Orthopedic Surgeons
If our foot and ankle doctors determine bunion surgery is the best treatment for you, you can rest easy knowing you are in the most capable of hands. The board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons at Premier Bone & Joint Centers use the most advanced, minimally invasive surgical techniques to minimize soft tissue trauma, reduce the risk of infection, and expedite the recovery process. To learn if bunion surgery is right for you, contact us to schedule a visit to our clinic in Gillette, WY.