In my Houston podiatrist practice, I always emphasize the importance of early intervention with bunions, bumps that form below your big or baby toe when the bone becomes displaced. I tell patients to come see me as soon as they notice even the slightest bump on their feet; when bunions are just beginning to form, there are a lot of steps we can take to avoid surgery, but if you wait to see me until they are large and painful, treatment options decrease drastically.
On a recent episode of Dr. Oz, he welcomed a famous guest who was living proof of why it’s so important to act early when it comes to bunions. Judge Marilyn Milian, currently presiding over The People’s Court, hobbled out onto Dr. Oz’s set, wearing a walking cast at eight-weeks after her own bunion surgery. She explained to the audience that “The aftermath (of bunion surgery) is very, very, very, very painful and involves slow recovery.”
She’s not wrong—standard recovery from bunion surgery is six-to-eight weeks and many patients find walking incredibly difficult as they struggle with placing weight on the site of their surgery. Because of that, like Dr. Oz, I recommend doing whatever you can to prevent your bunions from progressing to the point where surgery is necessary.
Here are some great tips:
- Avoid wearing high heels that have narrow toes
- Use bunion pads to reduce friction between your toes and shoes
- Engage in foot and toe exercises to improve strength and flexibility
The bottom line is, getting a bunion doesn’t have to mean going under the knife. If you suspect you have a bunion, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider as soon as possible to begin treatment and avoid painful surgery.