Garden State Pain and Orthopedics offers minimally invasive bunion treatments for those experiencing foot pain, bunions, and bursitis.
Foot and Ankle Specialist Scott Hanauer, DPM, believes excellent patient care is based on a foundation of compassion, trust, and expertise. At Garden State Pain & Orthopedics, he works with his patients throughout Clifton, West Orange, Edison, and Jersey City, New Jersey to build relationships of mutual respect in order to help them return to what they love doing as safely and pain-free as possible. Below, Dr. Hanauer answers a few common questions about bunion surgery.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a growth on the inside of your foot, right along the side of the big toe. It occurs when the big toes is forced to push up against the next toe. This is caused by improper footwear, arthritis, or foot trauma. Bunions get progressively worse over time causing inflammation or bursitis on the inside of the big toe.
A bunionette, also known as a tailor's bunion, occurs on the outside of your foot causing pain and inflammation. These are often caused by heredity, foot misalignment, or arthritis.
How is a bunion diagnosed and treated?
Severe bunions can be visually observed by the eye. To further diagnose the severity of the bunion, a clinical examination and x-ray are taken to determine the next steps.
"Here at Garden State Pain and Orthopedics we offer minimally invasive bunion surgery as well as corrective hammer toe surgery to straighten out the big toe and the lesser toes. We do this through several small percutaneous or portal incisions. Through these we are able to shift the bone in the foot so it is straight and aligned.
The minimally invasive approach allows the patient to be weight bearing after surgery. For the first two weeks the patient will be in a walking boot and then will be transitioned into a surgical shoe for two more weeks. After those 4 weeks, an additional x-ray is taken and the patient is back in a supportive athletic sneaker.” - Dr. Scott Hanauer, Foot and Ankle Specialist at Garden State Pain and Orthopedics.
When should I get my bunion treated?
If you experience pain from your bunion, the first step would be to change into more comfortable shoes that are pain-free. If changing your shoes does not relieve your pain, you should seek a medical professional for assistance. Bunion pain can be relieved through orthotics or injections.
However, treatments such are injections are only temporary solutions. Injections will not fix your bunion, and over time bunions progressively get worse. If the pain from your bunion becomes unbearable, it may be time to consider surgery.
“Your body will tell you when it’s ready for surgery. With something such as a bunion or hammer toe - if it affects your body on a daily basis and you are in constant pain, it is time for surgery.” - Dr. Scott Hanauer
What hesitation do you usually see when it comes to bunion surgery?
“The most common hesitation we see when it comes to bunion surgery are patients who know a friend who had bunion surgery that was extremely painful causing them to be off their feet for about 6-12 weeks in a cast.
At Garden State Pain and Orthopedics we offer minimally invasive bunion surgery. This allows the patient to be walking in a protective boot the day of surgery. After 2 weeks patients are typically transitioned into a protective shoe for an additional 2 weeks, and 4 weeks after surgery the patient will be back in a supportive athletic sneaker. Most patients are back to normal activity 10-12 weeks after surgery.”
Traditional bunion surgery is a tried and true solution for painful bunions. However, with new technology, most bunions can be treated with minimally invasive techniques. These techniques are less painful, create less scarring, and have a shorter time of recovery.