Dr. Brandon Nelson, A Board-Certified Foot & Anke Surgeon and Physician, Discusses Bunion Surgery

Dr. Brandon Nelson, A Board-Certified Foot & Anke Surgeon and Physician, Discusses Bunion Surgery

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We know that bunions are an inherited trait that can be exacerbated by activities and shoe gear.  Patients can have a bunion on the inside or outside of their foot.  The typical bunion is on the inside of the foot and involves the 1st metatarsal while the bunion on the outside of the foot involves the 5th metatarsal.  Either pathology can often require surgical intervention in order to provide long term relief and the primary surgery is usually the bunion on the 1st metatarsal.  The bunion will usually dictate the recovery and the bunion on the 5th metatarsal usually heals faster.

Bunions are typically fixed in a few ways, either a surgery at the head of the metatarsal or the base of the metatarsal.  It is important to get an x-ray to examine the overall foot structure to make sure there are no other driving forces that need to be fixed.  The typical foot structure we see with a bunion on both sides is a flat foot that has progressed with time.  The foot often widens when a flatfoot is present to try and create more stability.  The flatfoot may or may not need to be addressed.

Most bunion surgery patients will be walking the entire time after surgery and can continue with modified exercise.  I utilize techniques that allow my patients to be more active and recover faster.  It takes years and hundreds of patients to perfect these techniques and dealing with athletes has allowed an advantage to improve on outcomes.  If you are having bunion pain please make an appointment and I will see how we can best help you. Give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online today. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Brandon Nelson

Board Certified Surgeon & Physician

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