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Overcome the pain of bunions with a bunionectomy

Bunions, those bony protrusions at the base of your big toe, are both a cosmetic and medical concern. While they are known for being unsightly, they can also lead to discomfort, pain, and mobility issues. Patients who are seeking a way to alleviate these symptoms and regain their active lifestyle can rely on a bunionectomy, or bunion removal surgery, for relief. 

Through bunion removal surgery, Dr. Bernstein has helped countless patients enjoy a higher quality of life. 

What are bunions?

Bunions are bony lumps that develop at the base of the big toe, causing the joint to push outward. They are often the result of various factors, including:

  • Hereditary factors: Genetics can play a significant role in bunion development. If bunions run in your family, you may be more prone to them.
  • Improper footwear: Wearing tight, narrow, or high-heeled shoes can force the toes into unnatural positions, contributing to the formation of bunions.
  • Medical conditions: Certain conditions like arthritis can increase the risk of bunion development.
  • Biomechanical issues: Foot problems, such as flat feet or low arches, can alter the mechanics of the foot, increasing the risk of bunions.
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What is a Bunionectomy?

A bunionectomy, or bunion removal surgery, is a medical procedure designed to correct bunions by repositioning the displaced bone and realigning the joint. This surgical intervention helps to alleviate pain, improve foot function, and restore the normal appearance of the big toe. Dr. Bernstein employs various techniques to treat this condition, and the choice usually depends on the severity of the bunion and the patient's specific needs.

What are the benefits of a Bunionectomy?

  • Relief from pain and discomfort caused by bunions, allowing you to move without limitations
  • Enhances your mobility and enables you to engage in activities without experiencing pain
  • Restores the natural alignment of the big toe, improving the cosmetic appearance of the foot
  • Prevents the development of other foot conditions, such as hammertoes and bursitis

Who is a candidate for a Bunionectomy?

You might be a candidate for bunion removal if you experience:

  • Persistent pain, swelling, or redness around the bunion
  • Difficulty walking or fitting into regular shoes
  • Conservative treatments, like orthotics or changes in footwear, have not provided relief
  • A visible deformity and a significant impact on your quality of life

During the consultation with Dr. Bernstein, he will be able to determine your candidacy for bunionectomy and discuss the details of the procedure with you. 

Recovery process after bunion removal

The recovery period following a bunionectomy varies depending on the specifics of the procedure and individual factors. Some of the common aspects include:

  • Dressing and bandages: The foot is usually bandaged and dressed immediately after surgery to protect the incision and promote a healthy healing process.
  • Walking aids: Patients may need crutches or a special surgical shoe to help them walk and avoid putting too much pressure on the foot.
  • Physical therapy: For some patients, physical therapy may be recommended to help them get through the rehabilitation process and regain their strength and mobility.
  • Swelling and discomfort: Some swelling, bruising, and discomfort are normal in the initial stages of recovery but should gradually subside.
  • Return to activity: The time it takes to return to regular activities, including wearing normal shoes, can range from several weeks to several months, depending on the procedure and individual healing.

Are there any risks?

Like any surgical procedure, bunionectomy carries some inherent risks, which may include:

  • Infection at the surgical site
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Recurrence of the bunion
  • Nerve damage
  • Joint stiffness or restricted motion

These risks are typically minimized when the surgery is performed by a highly skilled and experienced orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Bernstein takes every precaution when carrying out your treatment, ensuring a positive outcome with minimal risk of side effects. 

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Why Choose Dr. Bernstein?

Dr. Bernstein, a trusted figure in orthopedic surgery, is the optimal choice for those seeking bunionectomy and comprehensive orthopedic solutions. Patients from all over New Jersey and beyond choose him for his wealth of experience, personalized approach to every patient, cutting-edge techniques, and wide variety of orthopedic services. With Dr. Bernstein’s commitment to individualized care, a bunionectomy becomes a pathway to regaining pain-free mobility and restoring your quality of life. 

Reach out to our office today to set up a private consultation and learn more about our bunion removal procedures. 

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