Bunion Treatment & Hammertoe Treatment in Santa Rosa, CA
What is a Bunion?
Bunions and hammertoes are common conditions that cause physical deformities in the feet as a result of muscle disorders, injury, arthritis, abnormal walking habits or other factors. A bunion is an abnormal bony bump that develops at the base of the big toe, leading to swelling and pain. A hammertoe refers to a crooked, deviated or contracted toe, as well as an abnormal “v”-shaped bending of the little toes.
If you have a bunion or hammertoe that is painful, contact our office in Santa Rosa CA today to schedule a consultation.
Bunion Surgery and Hammer Toe Surgery
Hammertoe and bunion treatment depends on the severity of the condition, but may range from changing shoes and applying ice to performing physical therapy and even surgery for severe cases. Bunion surgery and hammertoe surgery aims to relieve pain, inflammation, stiffness and physical deformity.
In the event of surgery, a small section of bone is removed from the foot through techniques such as arthroplasty, bunionectomy or arthrodesis. Metal screws, pins or plates may be used to hold the toe in position while it heals. Your doctor will determine the best treatment option for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition.
Recovery from bunion surgery depends on the complexity of the procedure. Some people will be able to walk on their foot immediately after surgery, while others may need to use crutches or a cane and may not be able to walk for a few weeks or longer. It is important to keep your dressing clean and dry to ensure proper healing. Most patients require the use of orthotics after bunion surgery in order to maintain stability and correction and also to support the correction for the long term.
Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. General anesthesia may be used in certain situations depending on the complexity of the procedure and the preference of the patient. Complications from bunion surgery are rare but may include infection, recurring bunion or nerve damage.
If you believe you are in need of hammertoe or bunion treatment in Santa Rosa CA and surrounding areas, contact us at (707) 544-3400 or fill out our online contact form here to schedule a consultation.