Bunions - Do I have to have surgery to fix them?

The formation of a bunion has many factors.  Family genes, the shoes your wear and the activities you participate in all contribute to your bunion.  Many people wait until the deformity is at its worst and your daily life is affected by them before seeking visiting Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists.   At this point the options to treat are typically limited to surgery.  Our expert foot doctors have the most extensive training in foot and ankle surgery.  If you can stick to our post operative recommendations, we can have you back in your favorite shows in no time.


One of the most common questions we get “Is bunion surgery my only option?” depends on who is asking the question.  If you fit the description in the previous paragraph and are not willing to wear extra deep or wide shoes, then the answer is yes.  Almost any individual, who seeks out treatment when they first notice a change in their feet, even if it is not painful, has a few more options available to them. This is why.


Bunions are a progressive disease. No one develops a bunion overnight. You have probably noticed you have a bunion that you ignored because you could hide it in shoes and it was not painful.  Like many things, ignoring a problem will not make it go away.   Stop and see you Austin podiatrist before your bunions become too painful for you to wear normal shoes comfortably and requires surgery.  Early intervention allows us to examine the way your foot functions as you walk.  Utilizing our GaitScan® technology, we can identify any mechanical imbalances that are contributing to your foot abnormality.  By designing an insert to address your specific mechanics, you can prevent progression of this problem.  Do not be fooled by any scanning device at your local pharmacy or any shoe stores that claim to cure foot ails.  Trust your foot care to your podiatrist.  We can design proper inserts than can stop bunion progression and it may eliminate surgical correction.


Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy, Austin!


Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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