Bunions take years to develop. No one suddenly wakes up in the morning to find a newly formed bunion on the side of their foot. Rather, bunions develop after years –– in many instances decades –– of pressure placed on part of the foot due to improper alignment. The bad news here is that when a bunion forms and starts to grow, it will usually continue to get worse. Bunions do not go away on their own. So, can bunions be reversed? The short answer is no, not really. Instead, the only way to get rid of a bunion is to have it removed through a surgical procedure. We’ll explain further here:
How Bunions Form
Anyone can develop bunions. And, contrary to popular belief, bunions do affect people of all ages. While some people may be predisposed to have bunions, the truth is that everyone can experience them. Bunions are caused by an imbalance of ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the foot. One of the biggest reasons why bunions form is improper footwear. High heels and other tight-fitting shoes can restrict the foot and exacerbate the development of bunions. This is one reason why women traditionally have more bunions than men, though it is possible for men to have bunions as well.
Many people are hesitant at first to consider bunion surgery as a means of treating foot pain. This is understandable to a degree, but sadly, nonsurgical methods for treating bunions are largely ineffective. That’s because pads, cushions, and specialized footwear are not designed to treat the root cause of bunions. These methods are meant to provide short-term relief to bunion pain –– not to realign the foot or to diminish the bunion.
One final note on this subject: bunion correctors do not actually reduce bunion size or alleviate bunion issues. So don’t waste time or money on such products.
Since bunions can’t be reduced through stretching the foot or by using products like bunion pads or correctors –– and since bunions won’t disappear over time –– the only way to have unsightly and painful bunions removed is through surgery.
Thankfully, you have options for bunion surgery. Traditional bunion surgery is often painful, often uses permanent hardware, leaving scars on the foot and forcing long recovery times –– sometimes in excess of six months.
With Northwest Surgery Center, patients can undergo minimally invasive bunion surgery and have their bunions removed in just a couple of hours without permanent hardware. Minimally invasive surgery is an outpatient procedure, and most patients are able to walk out of the clinic on their own and drive home afterward. What’s more, minimally invasive surgery is just that –– meaning the surgeon will only make several very small incisions in order to remove the bunion. As such, the recovery time is much shorter than traditional bunion surgeries.
A bunion is a problem that’s likely to get worse over time. That’s why more and more people are opting for minimally invasive surgery now. The sooner you get it treated, the sooner you can get back to living your life pain-free!
Our team at Northwest Surgery Center is committed to helping people who are suffering from foot pain as a result of bunions, hammertoes, heel spurs, and other common conditions. We use only the most innovative techniques to ensure positive outcomes for our patients, and our medical professionals have years of experience in this field. Contact us here to learn more about our operation or to schedule an appointment today!