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Bunion Surgery Recovery

Bunionectomy Surgery Recovery

A bunionectomy is a surgical procedure wherein a bunion is removed from the foot. It is generally considered a minor procedure with very high success rates, and helps to alleviate discomfort and pain caused by bunions.

What is a Bunion

A bunion is a painful enlargement of the joint connecting the big toe to the foot. Over time, inflammation in the affected joint causes a lump to develop on the side of the toe, sometimes bending the big toe inward towards the second toe. This lump is comprised of bone and soft tissue, and bone growth may occur in response to the inflammatory process, resulting in a bone spur. Due to the position of this lump, walking can become extremely painful.

Causes of a Bunion

Most bunions are caused by inflammation due to improper footwear. Tight and ill-fitting shoes are the primary cause of the inflammation found in the joint. This footwear exaggerates the movement in the first metatarsal joint, which in turn causes the irritation that leads to a bunion. Bunions are most commonly found in older people, as the foot spreads with age and becomes misaligned; years of irritation also play a large role.

Bunion Treatments and Bunionectomy Surgery

Bunions can sometimes be treated by adjusting footwear to more properly fitting footwear, but in instances where this doesn’t work, bunionectomy surgery is the only option. During bunionectomy surgery, the surgeon will remove tissue, sometimes bone, and may reposition the bone as needed.

Recovery from Bunion Surgery

For most patients, a bunionectomy will necessitate about six to eight weeks of recovery time. In addition to normal pain medication, AnkleAid cryo, or cold, therapy is recommended to help relieve the pain and assist in the healing process. The AnkleAid cold therapy ice bath will help reduce the swelling in your foot by restricting blood flow to area. Once your swelling is under control, healthy oxygen-rich blood can then enter the area to help with the healing.

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