Answers to Your Austin Foot & Ankle Surgery Questions

If you have questions about foot and ankle surgery in central Texas, the Austin Foot & Ankle Specialists has the answers. Our experienced doctors have advanced training in procedures such as reconstructive surgery, nerve decompression surgery, and even surgeries to repair procedures that were botched by other doctors.


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  • Do I need to get my foot surgery done in a hospital?

    The majority of all foot surgery occur in a hospital or outpatient surgical center on an outpatient same day surgery basis.

  • Will I still need to wear orthotics after surgery?

    First and foremost, this is for you and your doctor to decide.  In many cases your mechanics and the degree of your instability led to the reason you had to have corrective surgery in the first place.  A total contact orthotic controls and improves mechanics and instabilities in most every case so it stands to reason that a total contact orthotic can reduce the stresses on your foot during activity after surgery which can many times help improve your overall surgical results and comfort.  Talk to your doctor about orthotics and your surgery before you have your surgery to ensure the very best results possible.  

  • Are bunions hereditary?

    Yes, the predisposition to developing a bunion is passed down from your parents, however your environment plays a great deal in the development of the deformity. One can exacerbate the formation of the bunion deformity by participating in activities that stress the joint beyond its capable function.

  • Can I have a bunion on the outside of my foot?

    Most bunions are structural deformities of the first metatarsal as it articulates with the great toe, or hallux. When this deformity becomes enlarged it may give the appearance of a bone sticking out on the side of the foot.

  • Does a bunion form because of tight shoes?

    Tight shoes may be one of the environmental contributions to the formation of a bunion, excess and long term pressure at the outside of the great toe pushing in may causes soft tissues to weaken and boney changes to occur.

  • Can bunion splints cure a bunion?

    Splints may alleviate some of the symptoms of your bunion, however the deformity is a structural or boney problem. They may even slow the progression of the deformity but they are not a cure.

  • Why do I have bunions on my feet?

    Bunions are a combination of an inherited structural deformity and environmental factors, such as ill fitting shoes and overuse, that affect the joint of the first metatarsal and great toe.

  • Can orthotics cure my bunions ?

    Orthotics are helpful in slowing the progression and mitigating the symptoms of a bunion deformity but are not a cure.

  • Do all bunions need surgery?

    Bunion deformities that are painful with all activities of daily living and that have failed conservative therapies may require surgery to alleviate your symptoms. A full physical examination and understanding of your expectations is required to identify the proper surgical management for your specific condition.

  • Can I wear high heels after bunion surgery?

    It depends.  Most surgical management of the bunion deformity at the joint of the first metatarsal is called joint preservation surgery.  These corrections allow the surgeon to place the joint back into anatomical position, which allow you to continue to wear a reasonable high heel.  Conversely, sometimes the joint at the first metatarsal is so arthritic that it may require a surgical fusion, this no longer allows the joint to bend, making high heel shoes difficult to wear.