Feet pain can be caused by many problems such as wearing the wrong type of shoes for being on your feet all day, deformities, or issues such as bunions. Some feet issues are so severe they may require surgical correction. Here are three of the most common reasons for foot surgery.
Almost 23% of people in the United States have bunions, including two-thirds of those over the age of 65. Bunions are the result of a joint deformity of the big toe that can cause swelling and irritation and cause the toe to become misshapen. To relieve pressure from the bunion, the bony growth on the toe can be removed during foot surgery in Marlton, NJ. Recovery from surgery takes about six to eight weeks.
An ingrown toenail can be extremely painful and become infected, which requires having outpatient foot surgery. While ingrown toenails can be inherited, they are also caused by poor foot care or an injury to a toe. Although they can occur on any toe, an ingrown toenail is most common on the big toe. If you have an ingrown toenail, it can be quickly removed by a podiatrist in an outpatient setting.
Although hammer toes are usually accompanied by bunions, they occur on their own too. Hammer toes have an abnormal bend in the first joint of a toe, causing them to point down and not be able to straighten on their own. Foot surgery may be required on the soft tissues or tendons of the toe or to remove bone. The recovery period is about a week for soft tissue surgery and four weeks for bone removal.
If you’re concerned about misshapen toes, toenail problems or bunions, check out Sjhealthwellness.com for more information about getting a consultation to correct problems with your feet.