I wouldn’t let someone talk you into foot surgery in their office as most surgical procedures are now being performed in outpatient surgery centers. With that being said, there are some simple minimally invasive procedures which can resolve a painful contracted or dislocated toe. I have performed an overwhelming majority of these types of procedures in my office providing relief to patients who have suffered many years with toe pain but didn’t want the long recovery periods that many orthopedic surgeons offer which require outdated use of complicated external pins.
Here is an example of a recent procedure performed on a patient with a dislocated second toe that was rubbing on her shoe creating severe pain and wound from irritation. She was told by other surgeons that this type of deformity would require a fusion of her big toe which she did not want to undergo as her previous foot surgeries had failed which created this problem.
A simple tendon release was performed in office requiring only a small incision and a single suture. A gauze splint is applied for 2 days and a follow up visit is required to remove the suture. At this point return to full unrestricted activity is allowed.
How can you tell if if this will work for you?
This will not work for every dislocated toe as I also perform fusion procedures to realign toes in more chronic and severe situations. If you are able to manually relocate your toe to a normal or straight position, than you may be a candidate for this surgery.
I have corrected bunions on all ages ranging from 14 year olds up to almost 90 year old patients. As long as the patient is healthy and has no health conditions that would prevent a risk for undergoing surgery or for recovery, then age is really not a factor.
Here’s the foot of a 74 year old who recently underwent successful bunion correction.
A bunion is nothing more than a dislocation of the great toe joint. As this happens, the joint articulates in an abnormal manner which eventually results in eroding of the joint cartilage- otherwise known as “bone on bone”. Read More
Bunion surgery is sometimes a feared procedure which many times end up a with a great result and reduction in pain for the patient. Sometimes the deformity can reoccur which may require a secondary procedure. Here are some examples of what can be done to correct a bunion that has reoccured. Read More
Afraid of having your painful bunion fixed because you’ve heard the recover is very long? This is not always the case. The outcome varies depending on the severity of the bunion which also correlates with how long it has been present.
Procedure section typically will vary upon the severity of the deformity as well as a patient’s age.
Here’s an example of bunion surgery performed on a 55 year old female who had a mild/moderate bunion which required a simple procedure involving realigning the joint. She was allowed to bear weight immediately post operatively and used crutches as needed. At three weeks progression moves from a surgical shoe/cam walker to a running shoe. After 6-8 weeks patient will be allowed to begin exercising and more rigorous activity.