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Bunionectomy Specialist

Tower Wound Care Centers -  - Wound Care Specialist

Tower Wound Care Centers

Wound Care Specialists and Podiatric Surgeons located in Los Angeles, Encino, Santa Monica, Culver City, Pasadena, Lynwood, & West Hollywood CA

For people throughout Los Angeles, Encino, Pasadena, and Santa Monica, CA who are dealing with bunions, Tower Wound Care Center offers the most effective treatments like a bunionectomy, or bunion removal. Here, patients can get the treatment they need to alleviate discomfort from any of our six locations.

Bunionectomy Q & A

What are bunions?

A bunion forms at the base of the large toe where it meets the rest of the foot and is essentially a bony hump. The imbalance in the muscles and pressure, shift the toe towards the others and causes the bony protrusion. The joint where the toe bends is usually affected, making walking uncomfortable. Bunions often cause a great deal of discomforts and can also be susceptible to the pressure and rubbing associated with particular types of footwear. Calluses frequently develop where that rubbing occurs.

What causes bunions?

Bunions can be a hereditary condition and issues with them become increasing more likely as a person ages. Poorly developed or diminishing foot structure can further impact the development bunions in addition to other foot issues. Arthritis has also been seen to be associated with bunions. Bunions also develop more frequently on women because they often wear shoes which put a great deal of pressure on the toes. Pointed toe shoes and high heels are especially problematic. The abnormal position which the feet are put in by wearing this type of shoe can significantly increase the likelihood of developing bunions.

What is a bunionectomy?

When the bunion is especially serious or the condition has been left untreated for an extended period of time, the doctor will likely suggest a bunionectomy or bunion removal surgery. When a person’s everyday activities and tasks are affected, they are a good candidate for the procedure. The surgeon will create an incision in the ligaments around the joint to correct the toe. Wires and screws are sometimes used to hold the toe in place while healing. Excess bone can also be shaved down. This takes roughly an hour and depending on the severity. Part of the joint, the bone, or soft tissues may be removed as well. Additionally, the bone might be fused to prevent it from drifting back toward the toes. In rare occasions, a replacement joint is implanted.

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