3 Times You Should Say No to Bunion Surgery

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I typically don't recommend surgery for early stage bunionsBunions, those bony, abnormal bumps that form on the joint beneath your big toe or pinky toe (tailor’s bunion) can be troublesome, no doubt. For one, they can cause discomfort, particularly when your shoes press up against them. On that note, they can make it harder to find a well-fitted pair of shoes. And, of course, they can grow bigger and bigger until your only treatment option is surgical removal.

But…surgery is not the only answer to your bunion problem (especially if you seek treatment as soon as the condition starts to develop!) Here are 3 times when you SHOULDN’T opt for bunion surgery.

  1. Your bunion is small. Smaller growths can be treated conservatively, by changing your shoes, padding your bunion or wearing special shoe inserts. These early interventions can stop bunion growth in its tracks.
  2. You are not in pain. If your bunion is not affecting your ability to walk, run or exercise, chances are you don’t need surgery!
  3. Your shoes don’t fit. It’s a lot easier to invest in a new pair of shoes than it is to undergo an operation with a not insignificant recovery period.

Now that you know when NOT to operate on a bunion, let’s talk about what would warrant surgery: severe discomfort, continued development even after non-invasive treatments and bunions that are causing the toes to lose alignment. If any of these conditions apply to you, please don’t hesitate to schedule a surgical consultation with Dr. Andrew Schneider.

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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.