Bunions are extremely common, especially in middle-aged and older women, and often tend to run in families. For that reason, many people choose to live with them for years—even decades!—without doing much of anything about them.
Yet that strategy comes with its own costs, as it may slowly become harder and harder to find comfortable shoes, and you might notice more and more pain creeping in when you’re out an about. Bunions can cause some embarrassment, too, especially in these hot summer months when you want to wear your sandals.
So is it finally time to get that surgery? Let’s walk through the thought process for a minute here.
The most important considerations in any surgery—elective or otherwise—is really what your options are, and what kind of quality of life you can expect from them. Bunions may be unsightly, but if they aren’t causing you pain and they aren’t getting in the way of you living your preferred lifestyle, there’s probably no reason to get a surgery (or at least not yet). And even if they are starting to bother you, there’s a good chance that conservative options like shoe modification or orthotics can resolve the major issues.
However, there are some telltale signs that it might finally be time to consider surgical correction:
Pain is constant, significant, and gets in the way of your everyday activities.
Conservative treatments have been attempted are no longer providing adequate relief.
It becomes difficult to walk more than a couple of blocks at a time, even in “comfy” shoes.
It becomes difficult to buy shoes wide enough to accommodate the bunion without pinching your feet and leading to problems like blisters, corns, or calluses.
The toe joint is stiff, making it difficult to bend or straighten the toe.
At Family Foot Care & Surgery, Dr. Sanjay Patel provides comprehensive care for bunions of all shapes and sizes. We’ll always try to take away your pain with conservative therapies. But we’ll also be honest with you about whether we think you need surgery, and help you make the necessary preparations if you do. To schedule your appointment at our offices in Milford or Hamden, give us a call at (203) 876-7736.