Bunion or Hallux valgus
If I leave things for now and they get much worse will you still be able to do something?
Yes. The progression of the deformity is unpredictable and the best advice is to leave it until it becomes a problem.
It's not so painful now but I don't want to end up like my Granny
The progression of the deformity and symptoms in bunion or hallux valgus is unpredictable.
Minimising symptoms after bunion or hallux valgus surgery
At the Birmingham Foot and Ankle Clinic and Wellington Foot and Ankle Unit we take every measure to ensure pain is well controlled and is limited as possible. This is achieved by:
- Performing surgery under general anaesthesia unless you wish otherwise.
- Using local anaesthetic blocks prior to the commencement of surgery.
- Corrective osteotomies are fixed with screws and therefore stable. This limits the pain from the bone and also allows early walking without plaster cast.
- The absence of a restrictive plaster cast reduces the pain due to post-operative swelling.
- Post-operatively patients have a combination of three painkillers which taken regularly, prior to onset of pain and continues for a minimum of 48-hours post-operatively