Then chances are you have a bunion also known as hallux valgus. A bunion is an unsightly and often painful bump where your first toe meets your foot. Bunions occur when your big toe loses alignment with the rest of your foot. When your first toe drifts over 15 degrees relative to its supporting metatarsal bone it is diagnostic of a bunion deformity being present. Sometimes bunions aren’t painful, but sometimes they are as shoes tighten and abnormal ground pressures rub on the newly exposed bone and joint. As time passes your toe will often drift further making the problem worse the longer it’s left untreated. This can be accompanied by a growing lump of bone. When this occurs bunion surgery Perth is something to discuss with a qualified Perth podiatrist available at Australia’s Foot & Leg Specialists. Book an appointment with our team today.
There are many non-surgical and surgical approaches to treating bunions. When seeking professional help for bunions and foot pain, podiatrists are uniquely placed because they know the best non-operative treatment options and can refer you on for surgical treatment if absolutely necessary. Because podiatrists don’t operate they are well placed to offer you alternatives to bunion surgery in Perth unless clinically necessary. Be weary of a surgeon who immediately tells you to operate!
It is best practice to exhaust non-surgical treatment options including:
for six months before surgery can be considered. Because surgery can often result in worse outcomes. Perth Podiatrists are exceptional at non-surgical treatment for bunions. Orthopaedic surgeons and Podiatric surgeons are the specialists in surgical treatment for bunions.
There are many different bunion procedures but the two main categories of procedure are minimally invasive bunion surgery and normal bunion surgery:
Minimally invasive bunion surgery is when a small incision is made from which the bunion surgery is completed. Because of the smaller incision, it is cited that less tissue damage occurs, a smaller scar will likely result and post operative swelling will be minimised. Due to its technical difficulty only a few surgeons are accredited to perform this procedure in Perth, let alone Australia. The only orthopaedic surgeon we’re currently aware of who has this accreditation in Perth is Dr Andrej Nikoloski who we commonly refer patients to for surgical review. There are no podiatric surgeons in Perth we are aware of who can offer this procedure to their patients.
Normal bunion surgery is when a larger incision is made to perform the bunion removal procedure. Because of the larger incision, it is easier to see what is being operated on and these procedures have been well established as a result. The clinical outcomes of bunion surgery are well researched and can be completed by orthopaedic and podiatric surgeons throughout Perth as long as their surgical training allows it.
When considering bunion surgery in Perth it is important to establish multiple specialist opinions and proceed with the specialist you feel most comfortable with. Consultation with an orthopaedic surgeon and podiatric surgeon can be completed privately without a referral. This means you can visit them directly with a recommendation from your Podiatrist. The benefit of an orthopaedic surgeon on top of their extended medical and surgical training is that when your General Practitioner refers you to them the bunion procedure and consultations can be completely covered by Medicare.
Questions to ask your surgeon should include:
You should also understand how long it would take you to return to work in both the best and worst case scenarios.
To learn the difference between a podiatric surgeon and an orthopaedic surgeon read our FAQ. Bunion surgery isn’t the only treatment option and surgery should only be used when conservative measures have been exhausted. To find out more and to see how we can help your bunion problem book an appointment with our podiatrists conveniently located in Perth. Our team at Australia’s Foot & Leg Specialists can accurately assess and treat your painful bunion.
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