Bunions, or more precisely, hallux valgus or hallux abducto valgus occurs in many shapes or forms. The disorder is one of an enlargement of the big toe or hallux joint of the foot (bunion) and an angling over of the big toe or hallux laterally in the direction of the smaller toes (abduction and valgus). They become sore because of arthritis like symptoms from the deviation of the great toe or hallux and from stress on the enlargement of the bunion from the shoe. They’re one of the most frequent causes of pain in the feet and are caused by a combination of inherited features, weak biomechanics and also shoe fitting problems. Even though there are conservative options such as pads, splints, better shoe fitting, exercises and pain alleviation medicine which you can use, they don’t make the bunion go away nor straighten the hallux over the longer term. Often surgical treatment is the only permanent answer to bunions or hallux valgus. Nevertheless, unless the specific reason for the bunion had been attended to at the same time there’s a possibility that it may occur again.
There are various joints and bones involved in the development of bunions and each situation differs as differing amounts of each bone and joint are involved. Because of this the surgical repair must be directed at the bone or joint which is involved. If the great toe or hallux joint is just involved, then a straightforward chopping off the enlarged bone is perhaps all that is needed. If the angle of differing bones are a issue, then a V is going to need to be taken out of the bone and the bone reset. There are many different ways of carrying out that and it has been believed that this condition has more surgical options for it compared to all other problems!
The Austin bunionectomy is only one kind of procedure. This procedure entails removing the enlargement of bone and taking a v out of the head of the 1st metatarsal to realign it and hold it in position using a screw so it can heal. A special shoe or boot needs to be worn through the first few weeks following the surgery and go back to your typical footwear after about 4 weeks. It generally takes about 8 weeks to return to full activity levels following this surgery.