Welcome to our second blog in our bunion series. If you missed our first blog on the topic, follow this link and take a closer look at one of the basic surgeries used to correct a bunion deformity. Many foot problems can be mitigated by correcting mechanical imbalances with the use of custom orthosis or shoe inserts. That is why we recommend seeing your Austin podiatrist at first sign of a problem. When padding or inserts fail to give you adequate relief, the next step is surgery. The podiatrist’s at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists have completed some of the most extensive training in surgeries of the foot and ankle making them your best choice for surgical correction.
Medicine has had a long history of doctors associating their names with procedures and anatomical findings. One such procedure, the Austin bunionectomy, is a common procedure to shift the head, or bump of your bunion, into better alignment with rest of your foot. While our great city was named after Stephen F. Austin, he was not a surgeon and thus the name is of pure coincidence.
The Austin. We are using this nomenclature for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, the generic name for this procedure, the ‘v-shaped’ osteotomy, has been used by podiatrists for a long time. The main component of most bunion deformities is the misalignment of the first metatarsal, aka the long bone behind your big toe. The bump on your foot is actually the head, or end, of this bone. The procedure involves make a v-shaped cut into the side of the head of the bone with the point facing towards your toes. This allows the bump to be shifted over and fixated so that the cartilage of the joint better aligns with the bones of your big toe. When these bones are back in proper alignment, you will not only be able to fit into your shoes, but should be able to do so pain free.
This surgery normally heals without any complications when following our specific post-operative plan. The stretches and early range of motion exercises will speed up your recovering. Getting you back on your feet and pain free is our goal!
Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy Austin!