"Bunions form when the normal balance of forces that is exerted on the joints and tendons of the foot becomes disrupted. This disruption can lead to instability in the joint and cause the deformity. Bunions are brought about by years of abnormal motion and pressure over the MTP joint," says Daniel D. Michaels, DPM. a board-certified podiatrist at the Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC in Hagerstown and Frederick, Maryland.


According to Dr. Michaels, "A simple bunionectomy, in which only the bony prominence is removed, might be used for the less severe deformity. Severe bunions might require a more involved procedure, which includes cutting the bone and re-aligning the joint. Recuperation takes time, and swelling and some discomfort are common for several weeks following surgery. Pain, however, is easily managed with medications prescribed by your podiatrist."

The Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC Team

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