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Bunion

Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Fort Lee, NJ, Queens, Forest Hills, NY, Gramercy, New York, NY, & Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

If you’re dealing with a painful bunion, bunion surgery can provide relief and restore optimal foot functionality. The team at the Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC can provide innovative foot and ankle care and are highly trained in performing bunion surgery at their offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Forest Hills, New York, Gramercy, New York, New York, & East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. Don’t let bunions prohibit you from enjoying an active, ambulatory lifestyle — call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Bunion Q & A

What is a bunion?

Bunions are bony growths that typically form on the joint at the bottom of your big toe. A bunion usually develops when your big toe presses against the next toe, forcing the larger joint to stick out and enlarge. When the bony protrusion grows on your smallest toe, it’s called a bunionette, or a tailor’s bunion.

Bunions can be painful, and the only permanent solution is surgery. If you’re adjusting the way you walk to compensate for your bunion, experiencing frequent pain, or have cosmetic concerns, visit Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC for an initial consultation to find out if surgery is right for you.

What is bunion surgery?

Before your bunion surgery or bunionectomy, your podiatrist conducts a physical exam and often performs X-rays or other imaging tests. The goal of your bunion surgery is to realign and restore the shape of your foot and surgically remove any bony protrusions.

Most surgical procedures involve cutting and repositioning your big toe. Some surgeries might require the use of screws for internal fixation and to correct larger deformities.

What can I expect following my bunion surgery?

While recovery varies from patient to patient, most people can bear weight in a surgical shoe immediately following surgery. You might need to use a special cast, orthotic device, or crutches for a couple of weeks, and some patients need to take some time away from work to rest. You should avoid strenuous physical activity until your foot has properly healed.

You may notice mild bruising after surgery, but this should subside within a few weeks. Swelling can last up to six months or longer. About two weeks after the procedure, your podiatrist removes the sutures and may recommend a more advanced surgical shoe. Most people return to their normal footwear within eight weeks. 

Your doctor may recommend physical therapy and rehabilitative exercises to aid in the healing process and improve your range of motion and functionality. 

If your bunions are causing you severe pain or affecting your gait, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online to learn more about bunion surgery.