What is a Bunion?
Bunions “Hallux Valgus” is a bump on the side of the big toe. Although is looks like the problem is in the toe itself, the root of the problem could be in the middle of your foot.
What are they symptoms of a bunion?
Characteristics of a bunion include:
- A visible bump on the side or top of the foot
What Causes a bunion?
There are several causes for someone experiencing a bunion over time. Here are the most common.
Did you know that a quarter of the population has bunions? Don’t be embarrassed. Bunions are a weakened mechanical structure that is passed down through generations.¹
Any changes in weight or structure of your foot could cause the bones to adjust to keep your body balanced. Being on your feet for work or pregnancy are some of the most common reasons for these imbalances.
How are bunions diagnosed?
Dr. Kneidel is specialized in Foot and Ankle Surgery in Kansas City. During your exam, we will require an x-ray to determine how severe the bunion is and to ensure there are no other underlying conditions at play.
What are my treatment options for a bunion in Kansas City?
Non-surgical Conservative Treatment for Bunions
There are a variety of treatments you can use that do not require bunion surgery in Kansas City. These treatments options can include toe spaces, pads, splints, or inserted orthotics.
Traditional 2D (osteotomy) bunion surgery
This surgery includes shifting your bone to address the bump of the bunion.
LapiplastyⓇ 3D Bunion Correction
A Lapiplasty is a bunion surgery designed to address the root of the deformity by stabilizing the joint that causes the bunion. This 3D correction method uses advanced technology to treat your condition, not just mask the problem.
What does recovery from bunion surgery look like?
Here is a general timeline for a typical bunion surgery recovery.
- 1 Week: Begin putting some weight on your foot.
- 4-6 Weeks: Start walking in a boot.
- 6-8 Weeks: Move into comfortable tennis shoes.
- 4-6 Months: Resume most activities and return to normal shoe wear.
Seeking a surgeon or want to learn more about bunion surgery recovery in Kansas City?
Turn to the experts in orthopedics and sports medicine: KCOA. Our team of surgeons can help you find relief from pain and get you back to your daily activities in a safe and healthy way.
¹ American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Website, ©2018WebMD Website, ©2018