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Bunions: Exposing Common Myths About This Condition

by Caitlin Obara

There are many different conditions that your feet can develop over the course of your life, and many of these ailments can be remarkably painful. Fortunately, podiatrists are professionals like those at Center for Foot Care that are trained to treat these problems. While there are many different ailments your feet can encounter, bunions are a very common condition that can cause severe pain and discomfort. Sadly, there are a couple of common misconceptions about this condition that many patients believe. 

Myth: Bunions Are Caused By Bacteria Or Fungi

A common misconception about bunions is that they are caused by the presence of bacteria or fungi. However, this is not true, and in fact, this condition is related to changes in the bone structure of the foot. Over time, it is possible for the bones leading to the big toe to become misaligned, and when this happens, it can cause a painful bulge on the side of the foot. 

While it may come as a relief to learn this condition is not caused by the presence of bacteria or fungi, bunions cannot be treated using antibiotics or creams. As a result, your only hope for relief from this condition is to undergo corrective surgery. 

Myth: Your Mobility Is Not Impaired During Recovery From Bunion Surgery

While bunion surgery is not considered a major procedure, some patients may be under the impression that they will not need much recovery time following this treatment. However, it should be noted that you will need some time to allow the bones and skin in your foot to recover before you can resume your full range of activities.

During your recovery, it is important to avoid putting weight on your foot, and you should strive to keep it as clean as possible. If you make the mistake of putting much of your weight on your foot, you can cause the bones to become misaligned, and this may require an additional surgery to correct it. Also, walking on your recently operated foot can cause the stitches to come loose, and this can be both painful and make it more likely to develop an infection. 

The exact amount of time needed to recover from this procedure will vary from patient. Luckily, your physician will be able to provide you with an estimated recovery time, and this can help you make arrangements for when you will be able to return to work or school. 

Bunions are extremely painful bone related problems that many people will experience at some point during their lives. Fortunately, it is possible to undergo a corrective surgery to repair this condition. By debunking these two common myths about bunions, you will be better able to anticipate what to expect from getting this condition corrected.