More and more bunion sufferers have been turning to surgery, as a desperate last resort to persistent and steadily worsening foot pain. However, bunion surgery it not a simple practice, with an 85% success rate and imperfect results, experts say it can take up to a year to fully recover.
The majority of Bunion surgeries these days require the breaking of bone to realign the joint and re-position the big toe. Fragments of bone may be removed or pins may be used to hold segments in place. But this procedure does not solely involve bones. Tendons, nerves and ligaments will then also require realignment. The surgeries which do not break and reset the bones are only treating the symptoms and not the underlying causes. Because of this, bunions tend to reappear in as little as six months following the surgery.
Most people undergoing bunion surgery will have to partake in approximately eight weeks of recovery and rehabilitation. However once you are fully recovered, don’t think you are out of the woods, many people subsequently experiencing limited joint mobility, scarring and loss of some sensation.
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