Improving Balance with Bunion Surgery

Market Day in Marble Falls, TX is coming up May 10, 2014, and with over 100 unique food and craft vendors it is sure to be a great way to spend the day. If you have a painful bunion problem however, walking around a market may be the last thing you want to do. In some cases, bunions can cause instability. Improving balance with bunion surgery may be your best option.

A bunion deformity, also called hallux valgus, develops when the big toe joint becomes misaligned and the big toe leans inward towards the smaller toes. This alignment change causes the characteristic bump on the side of the foot. Treatment for bunions is necessary when a patient has significant pain and an inability to move around comfortably. This deformity can become painful and severe, particularly in an older person, and can affect his or her overall quality of life.

Bunions change the structural composition of the foot. In older patients, an inability to bend and straighten the big toe may affect their balance and gait, and increase the risk of falls. Initial treatment usually involves changing to well-fitting, comfortable footwear or using splints or orthotics, but when these methods fail to improve symptoms, surgery may “have positive effects on gait and balance,” according to a study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

The goal of surgery is to realign the first metatarsophalangeal joint (big toe joint) in the effort to reduce foot pain and improve balance. In some cases a bunion may become arthritic. Severely damaged joints may need to be reconstructed or replaced with an artificial joint to alleviate complications from bunions.

If your bunions are causing pain and balance problems, contact Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists for diagnosis and treatment that will work. If we find that surgery is necessary, our caring staff will guide you through every step of the way. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS by calling (512) 328-8900 or request an appointment online.

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Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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