A bunion is a “bump” on the joint at the base of the big toe—the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint—that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. The toe is forced to bend toward the others, causing an often painful lump of bone on the foot. When a bunion has progressed to a certain point, or is causing ongoing pain despite conservative treatments, such as orthotics or modified footwear, surgery may be advised.
Dr Buckley takes a modern podiatric approach to Bunion surgery, using techniques that can significantly reduce post-operative recovery period compared to some of the traditional surgery techniques that are still employed by many Australian foot surgeons. Surgery for bunions involves both removal of the bunion and correction of the problem by realignment of the bones in the foot. Compression screws or staples are used to allow healing to occur at the site where the bunion has been corrected.
Most patients are permitted to bear weight and walk on their foot immediately post-surgery and they can often return to activities much sooner than some of the more traditional approaches of bunion correction. Bunion surgery usually involves a day surgery procedure under general anaesthesia or light sedation and normally takes 45 minutes to complete. The patient is usually permitted to walk for short periods on the foot immediately following surgery wearing a special postoperative sandal that is provided. Dr Buckley recommends that patients take care of their foot to ensure good healing of the bone. This involves at least 6 weeks of gradual return to activities following the surgery. During this time Dr Buckley prefers to review his patients several times to ensure that the recovery is proceeding satisfactorily.
Reasons to indicate bunion surgery
- Pain in the big toe joint and the bunion
- Problems fitting into shoes
- Pain when performing normal activities
- Crowding of the small toes leading to deformity and painful corns and calluses
- Failure of conservative treatment such as orthotics, different shoes, padding or splints
How bunion surgery may help
- Alleviate pain
- Correct the misalignment of the joint
- Prevent further misalignment of the foot
- Enable patient to wear normal shoes and participate in regular activities
The following short video explains the procedure that Dr. Buckley most often performs
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