MD Podiatrist Discusses Bunion Surgery

If pain from a bunion is not impacting your daily life, getting wider shoes or using a splint may do the trick. When the discomfort becomes intolerable, a doctor will discuss surgery. “We make a cut in that bone, bring it over back into alignment and put some screws in,” Dan Michaels, DPM explains. “Then we protect the area during post-operative course.”

The surgery is outpatient, and you typically can walk out of the doctor’s office. But beyond daily household activities, you should be off your feet for a month. “We find the more people rest and elevate the foot, the better they feel. There’s less swelling and less potential for complications,” Dr. Michaels says.