Well, the time has come for you to finally get bunion surgery. The bony joint deformity on your foot isn’t getting any smaller—now it’s even starting to disrupt your daily life! The pain has transformed and dictated the way you work and play, causing more trouble than you ever expected. At McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group, we want you to consider this timeline to help you determine if surgery is right for you!
Six Months of Prolonged Pain or More: Consider Surgery
If you’ve been in severe pain from your big toe joint for more than six months, you might want to consider a procedure. You’d be a good candidate if your big toe is starting to drift inward towards your little toes. The affected digit may also be stiff, rigid, and impossible to bend.
Surgical consideration should only be given after you’ve tried orthotic therapy, a change in shoes, and anti-inflammatory medications. Sometimes, this is all it takes to alleviate discomfort.
One Month in Advance: Take Time to Find the Right Doctor
Choose a doctor you trust. A good doctor will not pressure you into the procedure. They will answer all your questions and explain the operation in detail. If you don’t feel right, get a second opinion from another surgeon. Many doctors will welcome your suggestions if they’re legitimate, well-trained professionals.
As far as when you want the procedure to happen, we leave that up to you. Bunion surgery is never so critical that it requires immediate operation. Some patients come into our office and want the procedure done as soon as possible. Others may want to wait a few months and work the surgery into their schedule to make their recovery convenient and uninterrupted.