X-rays are used to confirm and assess the deformity. X-rays are best taken with the patient weight bearing and usually include 3 different views. Patients who have been suffering from the deformity for a long period of time may have developed arthritis, and the severity of the arthritis can also be viewed on X-ray. Commonly related deformities of the foot, such as bunions may also be seen when examining an X-ray. These deformities may need to be taken into account when planning the course of treatment. While I was writing my last post on hammertoe surgery it occurred to me to write a post on common misconceptions of foot surgery.
For excessively dry skin try a weekly Castor Oil treatment. Massage a small amount of Castor Oil into the feet, put on cotton socks and leave overnight. The next morning feet will be soft and nourished. This is an especially useful treatment for those on medications, such as cholesterol lowering drugs which can cause feet to become excessively dry and flaky. Most bunions are treatable without surgical intervention. If the bunion causes you to have difficulty walking, the orthopedic specialist will recommend special shoes, avoidance of certain shoe types, padding and taping, shoe inserts, and/or medications.
Calluses and corns are areas of thick, hardened, dead skin. They form to protect the skin and structures under the skin from pressure, friction, and injury. They may appear grayish or yellowish, be less sensitive to the touch than surrounding skin, and feel bumpy. Calluses on the hands and feet of an active person are normal. Calluses and corns become a problem when they grow large enough to cause pain. Repeated handling of an object that puts pressure on the hand, such as tools (gardening hoe or hammer) or sports equipment (tennis racket), typically causes calluses on the hands.
Find someone to give you a foot massage or reflexology. Practice yoga balance postures or simply balance on one foot when you are waiting for someone. There are 26 bones in each foot and 72,000 nerve endings. Your feet form a tripod between the big toe, the cuboid in the outer border and the calcaneus in the heel. Pain in one big toe can be caused by stubbing the toe or other damage. However numbness in the big toe can indicate nerve root entrapment. It could relate to the nerve that comes out below the 5th lumbar vertebra in your back.
The application of very thin needles in certain acupuncture points along the affected meridian – mainly located on the feet – will help to get rid of any blockages in the Spleen/Pancreas Chi (“life energy”). Some of the points may be a bit sensitive at first, but experience shows that after the first session it will be less niggly and the benefit is already likely to be noticed. I have tried a lot of different things to get relief from my bunions over the years, and have had the best results using the the bunion gel pads.
Application of an ice pack on the affected area also helps to reduce the pain and swelling, especially after the bunion was aggravated through physical activity or tight shoes. Your podiatrist may also recommend stretching exercises along the inner part of the joint of the bunion to help reduce the tension and pressure that may build when the condition becomes exacerbated. Repair of the Tendons and Ligaments around the Big Toe Â – The structures around the big toe could be causing the toe to drift toward the others. This procedure, often combined with an osteotomy, shortens the loose tissues and elongates the tight ones.
Before the surgery, (at least 2 weeks before), the patient is advised against taking drugs, antibiotics or antidepressants. Alcohol and smoking are strictly prohibited during the pre surgery period. On the day of surgery, the patient is told not to eat or drink anything for 6 -12 hours prior to the operation. Post the surgery, the person has to take great care of his/her foot. The foot should be protected and every possible care should be taken to prevent foot from any external injuries. Bunion surgery recovery time ranges between 3-5 weeks.
Now that we are all up to date on how we got to finally getting surgery, let’s get into the good stuff! The actual bunion surgery experience. Because this is where maybe this blog will help someone who is going through post op, about to have the surgery or thinking about it get a real perspective from a patient. Not a doctor or medical review telling what is “going” to happen but what happens in my actual experience. I may be a length writer as well but I would have appreciated something like this to read prior to surgery to ease my fears.