Bunion surgery offers an effective way to end your pain and restore the normal alignment of your foot. Tyler, TX, podiatrist Dr. James Kent of East Texas Foot & Ankle Centers shares a few reasons why the surgery may be needed.
Everyday activities are difficult
Bunion pain can be so severe that it's hard to do things you previously took for granted, such as walking a few hundred feet from the parking lot to your office or the mall, walking or running for exercising or standing on your feet for long (or even short) periods of times. When you find yourself resting much more than you would like and frequently turn down invitations because of your bunions, it may be time to seek help.
Your bunions are worsening
Buying roomier shoes, taping your foot and wearing splints and orthotics can reduce your pain and may even prevent your bunions from worsening. Unfortunately, in some cases, your condition may progress no matter how many precautions you take to protect your feet. Bunion surgery will improve the alignment of the joint at the base of your big toe. After surgery, you'll no longer see a prominent bump and will be able to walk without pain.
You have calluses on top of calluses
Do you have calluses on your second toe due to constant friction from your overlapping big toe? As long as the joint remains misaligned, painful calluses and corns will continue to form. Calluses can be particularly dangerous if you have diabetes, due to increased risk of infection.
Shopping for shoes is difficult
Wearing roomy shoes that provide plenty of cushioning can reduce pain, but finding the perfect pair of shoes can be more than a little challenging when you have a bunion. Shoes must not only be wide enough to accommodate your bunion, but tall enough to reduce friction that can cause calluses and corns. After your surgery, shoe shopping in Tyler will be a much more pleasant experience, although you should still avoid tight shoes or high heels.
Your back is killing you
If your bunion pain is severe, you may adopt an unusual gait in an attempt to relieve your symptoms. Unfortunately, gait changes can lead to pain in your knees, hips and backs. After bunion surgery, you'll be able to once again walk normally, which can reduce pain in your back, legs and hips.
Are you considering bunion surgery? Call Tyler, TX, podiatrist Dr. James Kent of East Texas Foot & Ankle Centers at (903) 939-3668 to schedule an appointment.