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The Many Forms of Bunion Surgery

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BunionTo know how to properly treat something, you must know its significance. Take the family heirlooms that get appraised during events at the Brendle Museum in Schaefferstown, for example. It’s not enough to be old; something has to be evaluated to determine its value. Then you know how to treat it! You might be surprised to know it’s the same with bunion surgery.

It’s easy to think that every bony bump on the foot is the same, but that’s not quite the case. Believe it or not, but there are more than 100 surgical procedures for bunions. The type that is best for one’s situation can depend on a number of factors. The shape, size, and severity of the bunion itself must be considered, but so must the age of the patient, his or her level of physical activity, the goals they wish to achieve through surgery, and any potential complications of a procedure.

For the curious, here are a few of the types of bunion surgery that can be considered. Sometimes, more than one procedure may be needed:

  • A plain removal of the bulging part of the bone (a bunionectomy)
  • Fusing the joint of the big toe
  • A partial or full insertion of an artificial joint
  • Cutting into and realigning the bones
  • Realigning soft tissues around the joint for greater stability

If bunions are causing you trouble, you have more options than trying to endure the pain alone. The doctors at Martin Foot and Ankle are here to help, with offices in Hanover, Lancaster, Lititz, and York ready to serve you. Give us a call at (717) 757-3537 or use our online form to contact us.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Dunkerley
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