Conscious of your bunions? - here's your quick fix

Despite the questionable weather, this is normally the time of year where we opt for footwear that leaves our feet more exposed. For some of us, this is a delight and we welcome the good weather. But for others, it’s a painful reminder that their feet are in need of some medical attention.

The medical term for a bunion is ‘Hallux Valgus’, which is the deviation in alignment of the big toe. This can cause considerable pain and discomfort over the bump on the inside of your foot. Not only that, but it can cause the subsequent toes to become squashed and make it difficult to find footwear that doesn’t cause even more discomfort.

The cause of bunions varies from person to person. It may be the result of an injury, poor ankle or foot alignment but is often genetic. Inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can also increase people’s chances of getting a bunion. A high heel or ill-fitting shoes can worsen the aggravate the pain, so you’re always advised to wear shoes with a supportive sole that don’t encourage your feet to become misshapen.

Whatever the cause, the fix remains the same. At Circle Hospital you can be seen for your initial consultation and could start receiving treatment within a matter of a few short weeks. Not only that but you will receive treatment in one of our state-of-the-art hospitals, where our primary aim is to provide patients with excellent care, with first-class clinical facilities.

So, to get your quick fix, here’s what to do:

Call us on 020 3811 4163 or complete the enquiry form below so we can reach out to you.

Please note that some consultants may require a GP referral before you can book a consultation, but this will be confirmed for you at the time you wish to make a booking.

Furthermore, depending on your personal situation some diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray, may be required prior to your consultation. Again, you will be advised on this at the time you make a booking, as it’s relative to your personal situation and your local consultant.

Our expert consultants will have a one-on-one appointment with you to assess your feet. From this they can determine the severity of your situation and the best treatment for you. Depending on your circumstances more diagnostic imaging may be needed but your consultant will advise you on that.

In most cases this is day case surgery, meaning you will receive your treatment and get to go back to the comfort of your own home in the same day. More information on the surgery itself is outlined below.

You’ll now be on your journey to recovery, which will consist of elevating your feet as much as possible for the first few weeks and walking on your heel. After two weeks, stitches are removed and you will be required to wear a soft splint to give yourself the best chance of a speedy recovery. The full recovery process is normally a minimum of six weeks but can vary from person to person.

You will likely have lots of questions about the surgery itself, and you’re right to ask them. Below is an outline of what to expect, but your consultant will be able to paint a more accurate picture, based on your personal needs.

What does bunion removal surgery consist of?

This relatively straightforward procedure is normally conducted under general anaesthetic, where you will be in and out within the same day, allowing you to recover with all your home comforts.

The consultant surgeon will make one incision on the side of your big toe and a second one over the top of the foot. The next step is to reposition the long bone in your foot, known as the metatarsal bone, which sits at the base of your big toe. Two very small screws will secure the bone to its new position, correcting the bunion deformity. Any extra bone is then removed before a special bandage is applied to the foot.

A more thorough outline of bunion removal surgery is available here. However, if you require more information then please do not hesitate to call us on 020 3733 5942, where one of our experienced call handlers will be able to help you take your first steps to recovery. There is no time like the present to put yourself out of pain and discomfort, so you can fully embrace the warmer weather, should it eventually arrive.

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