Foot pain is among the most common and painful problems that most people experience on a day-to-day basis. For many, this pain comes in the form of a bunion. The term bunion refers to a bony bump at the base of the big toe. This bump causes the joint to move out of place and bend in toward the other toes. When this happens, the bump becomes painful and can make wearing shoes difficult. When this bump occurs along the outside of the foot at the joint of the little toe, it’s called a tailor’s bunion.
If you are suffering from foot pain due to bunions, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Kamran Jamshidinia and his expert team. Our office is an easy drive from Beverly Hills, Thousand Oaks, and Century City. Dr Jamshidinia also performs surgeries at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Call us today or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation.
Painless Bunion Surgery
Recently we provided a 38-year-old female attorney a painless bunion surgery procedure. She had a painful bunion deformity and was unable to exercise or wear shoes without feeling constant pain. Bunion surgery recovery time for this type of procedure is very fast. The patient was able to walk immediately after the bunion procedure. The patient underwent hidden incision for an outpatient bunion correction, meaning she walked away that same day, pain free. The pictures below were taken before and right after surgery.
Symptoms of a Bunion:
The most common signs and symptoms of a bunion include:
- Bump on the foot at the base of the big toe
- Swelling or soreness around the joint of the big toe
- Thickened skin at the base of the big toe
- Corns or calluses
- Chronic foot pain
- Limited movement of the big toe
You should see a doctor if your symptoms include continual toe or foot pain, a visible bump on the joint, decreased ability to move your toe or foot, difficulty wearing shoes.
” I’m a heel lover. I love my pumps. Unfortunately, my bunions have made wearing them an excruciating experience for most of my life. Even just walking in general has been painful. I finally mustered up the courage to undergo surgery and I’m so glad I chose Dr.Jam. He is one of the most caring doctors I’ve dealt with. His gentle demeanor put me at ease and he explained everything about the procedure to me in full detail. I would recommend him to anyone seeking a stress free experience with this sort of thing.”
Kimberly D. / Los Angeles, CA
Why Choose Dr. Jamshidinia for Bunion Treatment in Los Angeles?
Dr. Jamshidinia at Tower Foot and Ankle Surgery is a board certified foot surgeon trained in all areas of foot and ankle surgery. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He has many hours of experience in surgical removal of bunions.
Bunions-Frequently Asked Questions:
How you can help prevent Bunions from forming:
There are some steps that may help prevent, or at least slow, the progression of bunions:
- Avoid shoes with a narrow toe box
- If your foot flattens excessively, make sure you wear supportive shoes, and if necessary, get custom orthotics from your podiatrist
- See your podiatrist at the first signs or symptoms of a bunion deformity, as early treatment may stop or slow its progression
Bunion Surgery Los Angeles Bunion Treatment
Diagnosis and Treatment of Bunions:
To diagnose your bunions, your foot doctor will preform an examination of your foot. An X-ray may also be done to confirm the diagnosis or gauge the severity of the bunion. If your foot pain is found to be caused by a bunion, there are a variety of treatment options available.
The first treatment choice for most patients is nonsurgical. Nonsurgical treatment options include:
- Wearing more comfortable shoes
- Padding and tapping the foot
- Taking medication to control the pain
- Adding shoe inserts to help distribute the pressure of walking more evenly
If bunions are unresponsive to nonsurgical methods, it may be time to consider surgery. A number of different surgical options are available including a minimally invasive bunion surgery option. Most of these involve a bunionectomy. A bunionectomy is a procedure designed to the following:
- Removed the inflamed tissue around the toe joint
- Straighten the toe by removing some of the bone
- Realign the bones of the toe to the natural angle
- Permanently fix the bones of the affected toe joint
While it may be possible for you to walk immediately after your bunion surgery, a full recovery will likely take two months or more.
Bunion Surgery After Care
Generally speaking, the recovery window for bunion surgery is six to eight weeks. However, a full recovery from bunion removal takes an average of four to six months.
Post-surgery you will be placed in a protective boot to wear to be worn for two weeks. This is to protect the surgical area. Please avoid getting stitches wet for this time period.
After the removal of the cast or boot, you’ll have to wear a brace to offer support while you heal. It will be difficult to put weight on your foot at first, and you may require crutches or other walking aid.
During this time it is key to keep your foot elevated and iced as much as possible to reduce swelling and pain. Plan to wear shoes with plenty of room to accommodate the swelling. Please avoid driving for about two weeks post surgery. Exercise will have to wait until full recovery. If you are looking to correct a previously failed bunionectomy, we at Jamfeet also offer unrivaled revision bunion surgery in Los Angeles.