A bunion is a bony bump that develops at the base of the big toe joint (called the metatarsophalangeal joint) as the big toe deviates outwards towards the second toe.
While the exact cause of bunions is still unknown, there are factors that increase one’s risk of developing them, such as:
Much more than just a cosmetic problem, bunions are a foot deformity that worsen with time. Bunions may also be accompanied by other symptoms, including pain, redness, swelling and tenderness in the area around the big toe joint. Patients may find it increasingly difficult to find fitting footwear or walk comfortably.
As bunions do not go away on their own, it is highly recommended to seek prompt bunion treatment in Singapore before it worsens further. Non-invasive treatment can be offered as a first line. However, if symptoms persist, then surgery would be the most effective and definitive mode of treatment. If performed early while the bunion is at the mild to moderate stage, minimally-invasive keyhole technique can be used, which allows for smaller scars, reduced post-operative pain, reduced wound complications and faster recovery.
Bunion treatment in Singapore will depend on the severity of the condition. In mild cases, conservative options may first be recommended:
However, do note that these methods only provide symptomatic relief and does not prevent worsening of the deformity. They also do not correct the deformity. Should pain persist and your mobility be compromised, your bunion surgeon in Singapore may recommend bunion surgery as a definitive way to remove bunions safely.
Bunion surgery achieves 2 aims:
Such procedures can either be done through keyhole or traditional open surgery, depending on the severity and stage of the deformity.
Mild to moderate or early-stage bunions are suitable for minimally invasive bunion surgery, which is less painful, has a lower wound complication rate and leads to faster recovery as compared to traditional open surgery. Severe or late-stage bunions are more suited to open traditional surgery.
In many cases, however, bunion surgery in Singapore can be performed through the minimally invasive technique. In minimally invasive keyhole bunion surgery, the procedure is done via tiny incisions using fine surgical instruments to remove the bunion as well as to straighten the big toe. Your Singapore bunion surgeon will advise you accordingly on the best mode of treatment for your condition.
Should you experience signs and symptoms of a bunion that is affecting your quality of life, do not hesitate to get it treated. Early treatment leads to better outcomes, so do consult your foot and ankle specialist promptly.
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