Posted On: September 8, 2020
A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the bottom of your big toe. It is formed when the 1st metatarsal moves medially and the big toe moves laterally. Bunions are really caused by genetics, not shoes. If you develop a bunion you will have it no matter the shoes you wear.
A bunion is a common condition that affects many people around the world. Bunions are more common in women than in men. About one-third of women in the United States have bunions. This is according to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. It is estimated that 1 out of 3 people over the age of 65 have bunions.
There are different causes of bunions. You can get a bunion from the following:
Early signs of bunions include swelling, redness, or soreness around your big toe. A bump that bulges out on the base of your big toe which causes your big toe to move towards your smaller toes. Your big toe may slightly move towards your smaller toes at the early stage of a bunion and gradually bend more and more towards your smaller toes.
If you are experiencing pain when wearing the shoes that you WANT to wear or if the deformity is significant and causing deformities of your smaller toes then you want to fix the bunions surgically.
I heard bunion surgery is HORRIBLE. Not true!!! There are many different techniques that can be performed. The recovery duration and pain level all depends primarily on your surgeon and the technique used. At Graff Foot and Ankle we perform Austin bunionectomies, Lapiplasties, and minimally invasive bunionectomies. Not one technique is right for everyone. Let us evaluate and discuss which one is right for you. In most cases, the surgery will be done at our office in a pleasant environment. You will walk the same day in a walking boot and can drive the next day. You may likely be able to return to work within days of the surgery.