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Austin Bunionectomy

Discussion in 'Articles' started by Admin, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. Admin

    Admin Administrator Staff Member

    Bunions, or more correctly, hallux valgus or hallux abducto valgus comes in numerous shapes or forms. The problem is one of an enlargement of the big toe joint of the feet (bunion) and an angling over of the big toe sideways toward the other toes (abduction and valgus). They become painful due to arthritis like signs from the deviation of the big toe or hallux and from pressure on the lump of the bunion from the shoe. They're one of the most frequent causes of pain in the foot and are the result of a mixture of inherited characteristics, weak biomechanics in addition to shoe fitting problems. While there are non-surgical options like pads, splints, adequate shoe fitting, exercises and pain relief medicine that can be used, they don't make the bunion go away or correct the toe in the longer term. Often surgical treatment is the only permanent means to fix bunions or hallux valgus. Nonetheless, unless the actual cause of the condition was dealt with at the same time there exists a probability that it could occur again.

    There are numerous joints and bones mixed up in formation of bunions and each situation differs as varying degrees of each bone and joint are involved. Because of this the operative correction must be directed at the bone or joint which is involved. If the great toe joint is just involved, then a basic removal of the enlarged bone is all that is needed. If the angle of differing bones are a problem, then a V is going to need to be taken out of the bone and the bone reset. There are several techniques used in carrying out that and it has been stated that this problem has more operative options for it compared to all other conditions!

    The Austin bunionectomy is only one type of surgery. This procedure involves taking off the lump of bone and taking a v out of the head of the 1st metatarsal to realign it and maintain it in position with a screw so it can mend. A special shoe or boot will need to be used throughout the first few weeks following the procedure and come back to your regular footwear after about 4 weeks. It generally takes about 8 weeks to return to full activity levels following this surgery.

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