A bunion (also called a hallux valgus) is a bony protrusion that develops on the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint at the big toe’s base. It is caused when prolonged pressure on the foot forces the big toe to impede upon the second toe, ultimately moving the MTP joint out of place. While not a life-threatening condition, bunions often result in pain that can precipitate a marked decrease in a patient’s quality of life. Here’s why you shouldn’t delay bunion removal surgery:
Your Bunion Pain Will Only Get Worse
A lot of aches and pains subside over time. Bunion discomfort isn’t one of them. Bunion pain will only get worse if it’s not addressed correctly. We recommend bunion removal for our patients here at Northwest Surgery Center when their bunion is already associated with a significant amount of pain, knowing that any further delay of surgery will only lead to more pain and more foot deformity. When treated early with bunion removal surgery, bunion pain can usually be eliminated.
You’ll Likely Develop Greater Physical Deformity
Bunions progress through four stages. During Stage 1, patients might only have a small bump at the base of their big toe but no pain. As time passes, however, the bunion will continue to grow. The MTP joint will become more misaligned, and the foot will become more deformed. Scheduling bunion removal surgery at an earlier stage of the bunion’s development will prevent greater deformity.
You Might Not Be Able to Move Well
Of course, one of the biggest issues associated with bunions is the threat of impaired movement. Because bunions frequently hurt (a lot!), many people start to compensate, changing the way they walk in an effort to minimize their discomfort. Unsteady on their feet, bunion sufferers are more likely to fall. In some instances, they might choose not to move at all, severely impacting their overall level of physical activity!
You’re at Risk for Additional Complications
A delay in bunion removal surgery puts you at risk of developing other conditions. For instance, bunions can cause you to start bending your toes in an attempt to redirect pressure from your misaligned big toe and relieve your pain. Known as a hammertoe, this condition results in forefoot deformity, as well as pain, and can permanently change a person’s gait. Furthermore, the constant friction between the big toe and second toe can cause rough, thickened skin and/or corns to appear. In worst-case scenarios, bunions can even lead to osteoarthritis.
Learn More Now!
You don’t have to live with bunion pain. To learn more about bunion removal surgery and the reasons why you shouldn’t put it off, please contact our team of medical professionals here at Northwest Surgery Center.