Can I prevent bunions, or are they inevitable?
Bunion prevention is possible. Bunions are a displacement of the big toe and the first metatarsal. This is caused by a biomechanical weakness, but additional factors like footwear encourage the bones to slide out of alignment. Narrow and pointed shoes, especially high heels, squeeze the toes and force your bodyweight forward. Stabilizing and padding your lower limbs with a custom orthotic can help relieve the strain on the forefoot. By avoiding bad shoes and controlling abnormal pressure placed on the ball of the foot, you can help the toe stay in the correct position.
If you’re concerned about a bulge at the base of your big toe, contact Dr. Gerald Mauriello for an appointment or more information about bunion prevention. Visit the online contact page or call our New Jersey office at (908) 475-8750 to reach us.
Is bunion surgery painful?
Many people worry about bunion surgery pain, so much so that they are reluctant to have the procedure done even when they need it. The fact is that the procedure isn’t more painful than other surgery, and how uncomfortable people feel as they recover varies from person to person. Some people find their recovery somewhat painful, while others do not struggle much with discomfort. How you invest in your recovery and pain management after the procedure can affect your discomfort as well.
The post-surgery recovery lasts six to eight weeks; however, it can take up to four to six months for your foot to regain full strength and stability. During your initial recovery, you’ll wear a protective boot and slowly return to putting weight that limb over a period of time. You’ll have strategies to minimize swelling and manage discomfort. At some point in your recovery, you’ll most likely need physical therapy exercises to help regain range of motion and strength in your forefoot.
Dr. Gerald Mauriello will be with you through the entire process. If you’re still concerned about pain, let us know and we’ll discuss the procedure with you. Make an appointment online, or by calling our Belvidere or Hackettstown, NJ, office at (908) 475-8750.