Bunion Deformity

Surgery for a bunion: How old is too old?

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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.

One reason not to delay having bunion surgery. 

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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

Reoccurring Bunion? It can still be fixed.

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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

How long does it take to recover from bunion surgery?

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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.

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