Have you heard any of these? Here’s the truth about a few common misperceptions about bunions and bunion surgery.
- Myth #1: My bunions were caused by years of wearing high heels. High heels and shoes with pointed toes can aggravate a bunion. But chances are, you were going to develop a bunion anyway; in many cases bunions are actually hereditary and develop from genetic defects in the toe and joint, pronation, arthritis or arches that are too high.
- Myth #2: Everyone who has bunion surgery is out for months: There is, of course, a recovery time following bunion surgery, but how long before you're back on your feet will depend on your individual circumstances. Some patients with smaller bunions may be back at work within a matter of weeks if their jobs don't involve excessive standing or physical activity. They may be outfitted with a boot or mobility device for a period of time. Patients who had severe bunions removed may need to limit their mobility for several months -- but in many cases, these patients are able to do desk work or other tasks that can be done while seated. Some patients are able to make arrangements with their employers to work from home for a few weeks while recovering.
- Myth #3: The pain after bunion surgery is unbearable. A lot has changed in medicine in recent years. Today we have advanced lasers and sophisticated pain management systems to make the post-surgical experience much more pleasant. At The Foot & Ankle Center, we even have a proprietary pain prevention protocol that we developed just for our bunion surgery patients. The feedback we've gotten has been that it's very effective, in fact most patients are surprised at how little pain they have after bunion surgery.
If you think you may be developing a bunion, or you already have a painful bunion, give us a call or make an appointment for a consultation. You may also want to check out our bunion page for more information.