4 Questions to Ask When You Need Bunion Surgery

You’ve known for a while that you have a bunion. That bump at the base of your big toe is not getting any less painful, even though you’ve faithfully worked through the conservative methods of treating it (warm soaks, gel pads, rest, the right kind of shoe, etc.). You’ve seen the x-rays, discussed the issue thoroughly with your podiatric surgeon, and decided there’s no way around it: you need surgery.

Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan Oltmann of Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland are experienced surgeons and expert clinicians who will take the time to have that thorough discussion with you. Our goal in recommending surgery for your bunion will always be to relieve pain, restore your foot to good working order, and to improve the appearance of your foot.

Here are four important questions to keep in mind when facing bunion surgery (also called a bunionectomy):

  1. Can I put off this surgery to a later date?
    The answer to this will depend on your individual situation. How much pain are you in? If the bunion is preventing you from taking part in activities that you would like to do, sooner might be better than later. Dr. Frey or Dr. Oltmann can tell you if putting off the surgery is likely to lead to additional problems or irreversible damage.
  2. What exactly will Dr. Frey or Dr. Oltmann do to my foot during surgery?
    There are many different procedures and approaches from which a podiatric surgeon might choose. Ask Dr. Frey or Dr. Oltmann if you require bone realignment or restructuring, how much of the bone are they likely to cut, and whether or not your bone might need to be pinned or screwed.
  3. How long will it take to recover?
    Discuss the severity of your bunion. Surgery to correct a mild one can take 3-4 weeks of healing, but recovery from a badly deformed bone can take 12 weeks or longer. Your rate of recovery will also depend on how well you follow the doctor’s instructions.
  4. Once the bunion is gone, will my foot feel normal again?
    Every case is different, but the majority of people experience pain relief once their bunion deformity is corrected. Talk with Dr. Frey or Dr. Megan Oltmann about what you can expect post-surgery.

When conventional treatments fail and avoiding bunion surgery is no longer an option, educate yourself by asking the right questions, and count on the professional treatment of Cuyahoga County’s expert podiatrist and his caring staff to answer them to your satisfaction. Visit us at our office in the beautiful Solon district of Cleveland. Make an appointment online, or call us at (440) 903-1041.