Answers to Your Top Questions About Foot and Ankle Pain
When you’re in pain, it’s hard to focus on anything else. We understand - we can help you get started towards fast relief with these answers to the most common questions we hear about foot and ankle pain in Carolina and get youback to focusing on what actually matters to you.
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How do I know if I should get bunion surgery?
Whether surgery is right for your bunion or not depends on your unique feet. Several factors can help you decide to either choose bunion surgery or stick to conservative treatments. In most cases, noninvasive care is very successful for alleviating pain and managing the deformity’s progression. Orthotics, shoe changes, padding, and even physical therapy can all benefit you. These methods don’t work for everyone, however.
Surgery for a bunion is usually reserved for feet that aren’t responding to conservative methods. This means you’ve tried noninvasive treatment for some time, but you still have pain and may not be able to wear many of your regular shoes. You’ll probably have swelling and notice your big toe slanting toward your other toes or find that you cannot walk well and struggle to perform normal daily tasks as the deformity worsens. If any of these symptoms describe your painful bump, you’d probably benefit from a bunion procedure.
Let our staff at Carolina Podiatry Group help you decide what’s best for your feet. Use our website to make an appointment, or call: (803) 548-FEET for Fort Mill, SC, or (803) 285-1411 for Lancaster, SC.
What is the recovery time for bunion surgery?
The full recovery time for bunion surgery entirely depends on how severe your deformity was and the type of procedure used to correct it. The worse your bump and the more complicated the surgery, the longer it will take to recover. Normal healing time takes several months. You’ll start by wearing a cast, special boot, or protective shoe. In some cases you may be able to put some weight on the foot after the procedure, but in other cases, you will not.
Once the tissues inside your foot have mostly recovered, you’ll be able to put more weight and pressure on the lower limb. As your foot improves, you’ll need to recondition your lower limbs to return to your activities. This step is especially important if you are an athlete. The success of your post-surgery recovery really depends on many different factors—and how well you care for your foot is a big one. Follow all your post-op instructions to improve your healing. Our team at Carolina Podiatry Group can help you with this. Use our website or call to make an appointment to discuss bunion surgery: (803) 548-FEET for Fort Mill, SC; or (803) 285-1411 for Lancaster, SC.
What are the best shoes for bunions?
The number one rule in bunion care is to wear shoes that fit well. Footwear needs to be roomy enough to allow your toes to wiggle without restriction.
Choose styles with a wide toe box—not narrow or pointy. Also, opt for a pair made of flexible materials that can mold to the specific shape of your foot. Heels should be kept at a minimum so that weight and pressure are distributed evenly. Orthotic inserts can help with this as well, in addition to providing added cushion and support. Protective pads can be placed on the painful area too, and you can even have your shoes professionally stretched to give you the comfort you need.
For more tips on the best shoes for bunions, contact Brandon Percival, DPM, Julie Percival, DPM, and William Harris IV, DPM, of the Carolina Podiatry Group. Call (803) 548-FEET for our Fort Mill, SC, location or (803) 285-1411 for Lancaster.