Bunion Surgery: Is a Bunionectomy the Only Option for Dealing with Bunions?
I was “thisclose” to needing bunion surgery, also known as a bunionectom, because I made one simple mistake. And the reason why I have put this website together is so you do not do the same boneheaded thing that I did.
Head, er…ahem…Toe in the Sand
The header above offers a clue to the advice I am going to provide to you on the pages of this website. Like many of you reading this page, I ignorantly assumed that everyone suffering from bunions would eventually need a bunionectomy. It was my understanding that bunion surgery was an inevitable reality. It wasn’t a matter of if, but when.
I had heard about bunion splints and other options to relieve the pain of bunions, but was skeptical and felt that they were just temporary measures that would not be of any lasting help.
Instead, I simply thought I would manage the pain the best that I could and fight like hell to delay surgery as long as possible. Of course, managing the pain means you are essentially restricting yourself from leading the lifestyle you want to live because you are trying to find that balance between enduring the pain and enjoying the activities.
So, I buried my head in the sand and put off seeing a doctor. Besides, like a lot of people, I didn’t have health insurance and was afraid that cost of bunion surgery would be several thousands of dollars.
Simply put, I was completely uneducated and ignorant about bunions, bunion surgeries and whether or not there were any non-surgical alternatives to bunion surgery or home treatment options.
Finally, I wised up and started educating myself about the foot bunion and foot health by reading online resources and visiting my local library.
Facts and Myths about Bunions and Bunion Surgery
I learned that not only did I not really know that much about bunions, what causes them or how to remove them surgically and non-surgically.
Myth #1: Surgery is the only effective way to permanently deal with bunions and bunion pain.
FALSE: Most people can avoid a bunionectomy by utilizing home treatment options and techniques if they proactively address their foot bunions.
Myth #2: Bunion surgery is very painful with a long post-operative recovery period.
FALSE: Advances in technology offer doctors more surgical options with pain and recovery periods significantly lessened and shortened.
Myth #3: Bunions are caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes.
FALSE: This is incorrect. Though they can and will make bunions more painful, they will increase the speed at which the bunion develops and becomes an even more painful problem.
Myth #4: Bunions are also called Hallux Limitus and Hallux Rigidus.
FALSE: Hallux Limitus and Hallux Rigidus are conditions affecting the range of motion in the big toe that are usually caused by the presence of a bunion, but they are not bunions in and of themselves.
These myths will be examined and vetted in greater detail throughout the pages of this website.
Exploring Home Treatment & Non-surgical Options for Painful Foot Bunions
Armed with this knowledge I became empowered and confident enough to tackle this health issue and no longer spent my uncomfortable days in denial. Instead of being afraid, I felt a sense of control over my own situation for the very first time.
Here were the steps I took to fix my bunion problem:
- If I had insurance, I probably would have gone to see a podiatrist to get a consultation.
- Sought out shoes specially designed for people suffering from bunions to help relieve the pain and allow me to regain some of my lifestyle back.
- Purchased a bunion splint, actually a couple of bunion splints
- Though it has taken some time to see a significant difference, there has been considerable improvement and I have staved off surgery. It is amazing how much energy you have and your outlook changes when the mere act of walking is no longer a laborious chore or painful experience.
Bunion Surgery and Information for the Average Person
This website will sort of act as a repository of information I learned while doing my own research and I am confident that it will help you when attempting to figure out if bunion surgery is right for you.
I am not a doctor nor do I pretend to suggest that I know whether or not you specifically should get a bunionectomy. But, I do know that trying to figure some of this stuff out and getting clear, concise answers can be a pain in the butt.
So, I am offering my insights and experiences so that you can learn from me and decide what is the best path for your.
The information about bunions and other related issues will be communicated in fairly easy to read and understand language. I will do my best to “Speak English” and not overwhelm you with medical jargon and fancy words, though sometimes a Hallux limitus or a Hallux rigidus may pop up from time to time. By the way, think of limitus as in “limiting” the range of motion in your toe and “rigidus” as having a rigid, inflexible toe.
You can expect common questions and concerns about bunions and bunion surgery to be addressed. This includes conversations about surgical costs, aftercare and recovery, post-op rehabilitation issues and risks of the surgery itself.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you find the information here useful and informative.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to send an email or make a comment on the blog.