If you ask 10 different people about how to tell when “it’s time” for bunion surgery—or if it ever is—you’re likely to get at least 6 or 7 different answers.
That’s just the way it is with a lot of elective surgeries. Some people want us to go in and repair a deformity as soon as the tiniest little bump becomes noticeable. Others live with their bunions for years—nay, decades—before even booking an initial appointment for an evaluation and education.
Most people, of course, fall somewhere between those extremes. But that’s still a lot of variability! And unfortunately, in our opinion a lot of people are missing the mark.
Now, having said that, one blog on the Internet can’t tell you for sure whether it’s time to surgically repair your bunion. And Dr. Google is fine as a source for very basic information, but you’re always going to want an opinion from an actual foot and ankle specialist.
What we do is give you insightful guidelines for how to go about making that determination, and provide a window into our philosophy on the topic—as professionals with many years of experience providing both conservative and surgical treatments for bunion deformities to patients of all ages throughout Southeast Michigan.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in!
Why You SHOULDN’T BE AFRAID of Bunion Surgery
By far, one of the biggest reasons people drag their feet on having bunion surgery is fear. They’re afraid that it will be painful, risky, or just take forever to recover from.
Another reason—if we may be blunt for a moment—is well-meaning loved ones offering bad advice or setting a bad example. If mom or grandma has been living with bunions for years, and they seem more or less fine, you may start to think that living with bunions indefinitely is just “the thing to do.”
But you don’t have to be afraid, and you don’t have to deny yourself the relief you deserve just because someone else made a different choice!
So, if you are ready to consider surgery, then Lakes Foot and Ankle Associates is absolutely where you want to be.
A little context here: there’s not one single surgical procedure out there for bunions. There are, quite literally, dozens of techniques and approaches that can be selected, and best practices are always evolving. If your foot surgeon has been fixing bunions the exact same way ever since the ‘90s (or ‘80s, or ‘70s …), you may still get a good result, but you may not get the best result for you, with the lowest risk.
By contrast, both of our foot surgeons at Lakes Foot and Ankle Associates have advanced training in many of the latest surgical techniques, and continue to follow latest research and develop their skills.
We also have our own on-site, hospital-grade OR, where we rigorously follow the highest recommended sterility standards and protocols. That not only makes it a safer environment where you’re less likely to develop infections and other complications, but also saves you a lot of time and money compared to a hospitalization. Plus, we can use our advanced MLS laser system to help those surgical sites heal faster and produce less swelling and pain!
We are proud of our extremely high success and safety rates, and will of course make sure you have all the information, instruction, and support you need to make your recovery as easy and painless as possible.
So, if you currently have a bunion on either or both feet—regardless of how far along it has progressed—don’t wait any longer to reach out to us! The sooner you do, the more likely we’ll be able to get you the care you need, whether that’s surgical or non-surgical in nature. Come in and get educated!
To take the next step, just call our office in Commerce Township at (248) 360-3888, or request an appointment online.