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Issaquah Foot and Ankle Specialists has been performing bunion surgery for more than 20 years and have performed thousands of bunionectomies. Having performed so many bunion procedures has allowed us to perfect our skills and provide patients with the most up-to-date bunion procedures. Currently there are almost 50 different bunion procedures that can be performed. However, the majority of these procedures are divided into 3 categories;

1. fusion or arthrodesis

2. head procedures

3. base procedures

It is important to note that not everyone is a candidate for one of these procedures. I can tell you it is important to have the entire foot structure evaluated as well as having x-rays done. I continue to get a lot of second opinions in my office due to the fact that I do perform so many bunionectomies. I do really enjoy discussing bunions and bunion procedures with patients in providing him with answers further questions and help with their feet. If you’re suffering from a bunion and are contemplating conservative care or surgical care consider making an appointment with us today.

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I treat a lot of runners in the office for all sorts of foot and ankle pain. I am a runner myself and so I enjoy treating these patients. It seems as though a lot of runners have foot deformities and one of most common is a bunion. It is important to note that the bunion itself can grow larger with increased activities like running. Running and bunions can be challenging from a structural standpoint and from a pain reduction standpoint. I feel like I have a lot of tools at my disposal to help runners become pain free with activities.

The majority of runners I see are great conservative candidates and become extremely happy with their progress. There are a few patients that do not respond to conservative measures and require surgical intervention. It is very important for runners to seek a physician that has a lot of experience dealing with runners in their clinic. This is especially important when contemplating surgical intervention and I can tell you I am extremely cautious with procedure selection on runners. If you have a bunion and are getting pain with running you may be a candidate for conservative measures or surgical measures. I would love to help you keep running happy trails!

Give us a call at 425-391-866 or make an appointment online today.
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Bunion surgery provides great outcomes for patients that want relief from foot pain. Foot pain associated with a bunion can be very difficult to manage from a conservative standpoint. A lot of patients have tried getting bigger or wider shoes, which can create more room for the bunion to grow and make the situation worse. Patients will also apply pads, straps, splints or tape to the feet. This can be time consuming and cumbersome and again does nothing to fix or reverse the cause of bunions. The only way to actually fix the bunion is surgically. Bunion surgery has come a long way there are now new techniques we utilize to decrease down times and post-operative pain.

New techniques offer shorter recoveries and quicker returns to activity. Pain control can be challenging for both patients and physicians that are not as familiar as we are with modern techniques and medications. We use a long acting anesthetic to make the foot numb and prescribe different medications based on each individual patient and procedure performed. We have taken years to perfect our pain control regime and find the majority of our patient’s rate their pain as being well controlled. If you are contemplating bunion surgery come see us. With our pain control regime, onsite surgical center and years of experience this will create the best possible experience for you.

If you have bunion pain, give us a call today at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online.
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Some patients begin to notice a bump that is developing on the inside of their foot. They start to get pain with walking and exercise and they wonder what is happening. Often a patient will visit the shoe store or seek advice from nonmedical personnel as to what it is. It is important when been dealing with medical issues to seek the advice of someone who has had years of training and experience in that particular field. Your foot and ankle health is essential for long-term well-being of your overall general health. Bunions are the most common cause of pain and irritation around the big toe joint. The bunion is a bony deformity that often appears as a protuberance around the joint.

The majority of bunion deformities are an inherited foot structure. Patients can often trace to other relatives that have similar foot conditions. The pathology itself continues to progress with time and there is no conservative measures that reduce or correct the deformity. It is important to understand that conservative measures can sometimes help alleviate pain and increase overall functional performance. However, the bunion can only be fixed surgically. The surgical procedures depend on the patient’s overall foot structure, degree of deformity and activity levels. All bunion deformities that require surgical correction are done in the office and no longer require any hospitalization. All bunion procedures that we perform at Issaquah Foot and Ankle Specialists allow patients to be weight bearing and do not require prolonged periods using crutches or knee scooters. If you have a bunion deformity and would like to have it evaluated for either conservative or surgical measures please give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online today.
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Bunions and tailor’s bunion can be quite painful. Often times we see hammertoes associated with tailor’s bunions on the outside of the foot or on the inside of the foot. Bunion pain especially bunion pain of the big toe can be extremely difficult for patients that are active. We get a lot of questions for what is the best bunion correction that can be performed utilizing surgical techniques. We also get a lot of questions regarding minimally invasive type bunion procedures. The most important part of bunion surgery is having your bunion evaluated.

I highly recommend meeting your surgeon in person and have them evaluate your foot both clinically and radiographically. X-rays are paramount as well as the clinical exam to see what is causing the bunion deformity and what is the best correction method to be applied. There are many different types of bunion surgeries from what we call head procedures or procedures performed at the distal aspect of the first metatarsal or base procedures which are procedures performed at the proximal aspect. The recovery and the long-term reduction of the deformity can be correlated to type of bunion procedure that is done as well as a factors contributing to the bunion. Every bunion procedure we perform the patient can walk on the foot after the procedure and all of them are done in the office to save both time and money. 

If you have tried bunion pads and other bunion relief options give us a call and we’ll help you fix your bunion. Give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an apointment online today. Myself (Dr. Brandon Nelson) or my partner Dr. Timothy Young would love to see you. 


Bunion surgery can be performed in an outpatient setting. This means that for a lot of people they will not need to stay the night in a hospital or even have to have the procedure in a hospital setting. The preference being at an ambulatory surgery center or an office-based surgery center is due to the cost savings and time savings. The majority of bunion procedures can be performed in less than 2 hours.

At Issaquah Foot and Ankle Specialists we have an on-site surgery center for performing bunion surgery. Bunion surgery itself is usually performed on the first metatarsal at either the head or the very distal aspect of the metatarsal or at the base of the metatarsal cuneiform joint. Bunion surgery selection is often based on the size of the deformity in the overall foot structure the patient. It is important to be examined for the bunion itself so we can look at other deformities to make sure there not contributing to this pathology. If you have a bunion and have pain and irritation or interested in looking into having it fixed permanently give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online.
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What to expect after bunion surgery with your cast.
 
Bunion surgery typically involves realigning the first metatarsal. This may involve a Lapidus or Lapiplasty, which is in arthrodesis or fusion of the first metatarsal-cunieform joint. Bunion surgery may involve an osteotomy such as an Austin bunionectomy. This involves a bone cut in the head of the first metatarsal which is then realigned and re-positioned. After the arthrodesis or osteotomy it is important for the bone to heal properly. This requires several different factors. One factor is your casting or cast boot to protect that part of your foot as the bone is healing. It is best to put weight on other parts of the foot so that the stress load in the first metatarsal is reduced so that the bone can heal. 
 
With an Austin bunionectomy this can be accomplished with the cast boot or sometimes a surgical shoe. reliant junk removal
 
With the Lapidus or Lapiplasty we put you in a special cast that has a walking heel. This typically goes on between three and eight days after surgery. This allows you to put weight on your heel while protecting the front of the foot so that you can get around. The cast or cast bood should be continued until there is adequate bone healing. Typical bone healing can take between six and 10 weeks depending upon your status. People who smoke will always take longer to heal and may require additional considerations. Quitting smoking is always the ideal scenario.
 
Remember that after bunion surgery we want to maximize your soft tissue and bone healing to get you back to your normal activities as soon as possible.

If you have questions about bunion surgery we would be happy to see you at Issaquah Foot and Ankle Specialists. Either myself Dr. Timothy Young, or my partner Dr. Brandon Nelson.
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Bunion Surgery in Seattle

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Dr. Timothy Young explains bunion surgery.
 
Bunions are a common problem for both women and men. We even see this problem with our teenage patients. Bunions are primarily a structural problem in the foot involving the great toe and the first metatarsal.  If you're having bunion problems and pain then bunion surgery may be something that becomes necessary for you. Here is a overview of bunion surgery.

What causes bunions?

Bunions are painful enlargements and prominence of the first metatarsal head and the great toe joint. They are caused by alignment issues with the first metatarsal and related structures. This is often a foot structure that is inherited. Therefore often times our patients will relay that their mother or father or grandparents had bunions but that is not always the case. Wearing tight shoes can certainly aggravate bunions and make the symptoms become progressively more of a problem. Tight and pointed shoes are often culprits. The bunion can have redness pain and swelling around the joint and there can be joint pain also. There are often adaptive changes and arthritic changes of the joint.
 
Contact Dr. Timothy Young and Dr. Brandon Nelson to learn more about bunion surgery and bunion treatment options in the Seattle area. Our practice is Issaquah Foot and Ankle Specialists. Give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online today.
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