The bunion, a painful, inflamed swelling on the inside of the big toe joint, is primarily an inherited deformity affecting millions of men and women.
Simple surgery can correct bunions permanently, according to Johnson & Johnson Orthopaedics, which offers these answers to often-asked questions:- When is bunion surgery needed? Only a physician or podiatrist can decide, after diagnosis and foot X-rays.
- What does this surgery involve? In bunionectomy, a small portion of bone from the big toe is removed and the toe is realigned. Surgery is either in the doctor's office or a hospital.
- How long is the healing period? Surgical pins, wires or screws put into the toe stabilize the bones, and healing takes about six to eight weeks. New products, such as absorbable pins, can now help speed recovery.