Palmetto Podiatry Associates, LLC
Dr. Joseph J. Moran, FACFAS
Board Certified in Foot Surgery
Common Myths About Bunion Surgery
1. Bunion surgery is painful.
This is perhaps the most common misconception. In fact, most patients will describe mild to moderate pain for 2 or 3 days following their procedure. In some cases oral pain medication may be used prescribed and in other cases medicines like Ibuprofen and Naproxen are sufficient.
2. Bunions are caused by certain types of shoes.
Although certain shoes may exacerbate symptoms, bunion deformities occur over time in people with a genetic predisposition. There is a strong familial relationship and the deformity seems to be more common in women. The deformity (Hallux valgus) involves a malalignment of the great toe joint which progressively worsens.
3. The bunion will come back even if I have surgery.
Bunion correction is approximately 90% successful. The commonly accepted recurrence rate is around 12%.
4. I will be completely incapacitated for six weeks after bunion surgery.
Most patients are beginning to regain mobility, on a limited basis, after 48 hours. Most often weight bearing is permitted with the use of a boot or post-operative shoe. Typically, activity levels begin to increase significantly after the second or third week. Only about 1/3 of patients will require crutches or a walker, depending on their procedure.
5. There is only one type of bunion operation.
In fact, there are quite a few different procedures that are commonly employed. They can vary significantly in terms of their recovery periods. The exact procedure for a given patient is based on the patient's age, activity level, severity of deformity, and x-ray findings.
Bunion deformities are a common and sometimes painful condition. Treatment options vary. Each case is unique and appropriate evaluation is necessary. In many cases, surgical correction is a common and effective treatment option.
Joseph J. Moran, DPM FACFAS