Bunions are progressive bone deformities of the foot that often cause recurring or chronic inflammation, irritation, and pain that require surgical correction. A variety of surgical procedures is available to treat bunions called bunionectomies. 

The procedures are designed to remove the “bump” of bone, correct the changes in the bony structure of the foot, and correct soft tissue changes that may also have occurred. The goal of surgery is the reduction of pain.

In selecting the procedure or combination of procedures for your situation, our foot and ankle surgeon will take into consideration the extent of your deformity based on the x-ray findings, your age, your activity level, and other factors. The length of the recovery period will vary, depending on the procedure or procedures performed.

How Do You Know When it's Time to Get Surgery for Your Bunions?

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Are my bunions more painful?

As bunions progress, they often become more painful. If this is a problem for you and you've tried other solutions it's probably time to reopen the surgery conversation.

Has it become more difficult to wear shoes?

You're sick and tired of not being able to wear the shoes you want to wear.

How much are my bunions impacting my quality of life?

You're tired of being stuck at home when your family or friends go for a walk or a hike. If you have activities you love and can no longer do them--that might tilt the scales to yes, rather than wait.

What You Need to Know About Bunion Surgery

  1. Our Seattle podiatrist, has extensive experience with bunionectomies. Because a deep understanding of the biomechanics of each patient's foot as well as the intricacies of each surgical option is needed, surgeons with more experience at doing bunionectomies are better able to help each patient achieve the best outcome.
  2. Be realistic in your expectation about what a bunionectomy can accomplish.  Bunion surgery can reduce or eliminate the bone deformity, improve foot alignment and function, and prevent damage to other toes, but it does have its limitations. Be sure you understand all the possibilities before opting for this surgery.
  3. Healing times can vary.  Although many patients can achieve healing and recovery in 6-8 weeks, patient age, foot type, and extent of surgery can extend the healing process.
    Additional treatments may be needed. Surgery alone may not be all that is needed to achieve your best outcome. Physical therapy and use of a corrective orthotic device may be necessary.

To view a testimonial about bunion surgery

We know that for most people bunion surgery is a big decision, but it might just be time to go down that road. 

Dr. Rion Berg
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A podiatrist in North Seattle treating families for over 40 years.