Although the possibility of surgery is often on the forefront of most people’s minds, a majority of bunions can be treated without the need to go under the knife. Conservative treatment does not involve eliminating the bony protrusion, but instead relieving its pain and the pressure that can be forced upon it. Effective methods may involve the use of special shoes or custom orthotics to redistribute weight, the prescription of medications to relieve pain, or the application of padding, taping, or splints to protect the bunion against pressure or irritation.
If these measures do not help, then surgery becomes a consideration. Bunion surgery comes in many different forms, involving tendon repair, removal of damaged joint surfaces, or full joint realignment. The specific type of surgery recommended for you will depend on your specific case and functional needs.
The doctors at Martin Foot and Ankle can provide their expert advice on how to approach your joint treatment. Dial (717) 757-3537 to schedule an appointment with one of our offices in York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA.