The Next Step Difference: Bunion


Painful Bunions?: Why You Should Choose Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic.

There are 3 main reasons you should consider Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic if you are considering bunion surgery:

#1:  Convenience  

#2: Experience

 #3: Minimally Invasive Surgery


Convenience: We have a Surgery center right here.

We’re one of the few, if not the only, foot and ankle clinic in this area with a surgical facility on site. Going to the hospital is not necessary if you need outpatient foot or ankle surgery.  We have partnered with Christus Santa Rosa and are proud to house Christus Santa Rosa Ambulatory Surgical Center at Olympia HIlls right in our Universal City building! We have a state-of-the-art, AAAHC Certified facility with a wonderful staff.


Experience:  We have a variety of treatments available for Painful Bunions

Bunions come in all shapes and sizes.  The degree of deformity, the severity of the symptoms, the age of the patient, the expectations in recovery and postoperative activity are all factors that need to be considered when discussing bunion correction or management.   Picking the right procedure, or treatment plan, and doing it correctly are key to a successful outcome.

In some cases, bunion therapy consists only of conservative measures such as shoe gear modifications and custom orthotics or arch supports.  These can be very effective in alleviating the symptoms of a painful big toe joint. That said, in other circumstances, these treatments are inadequate and don’t satisfy the patient’s needs.  These factors are oftentimes not considered when a patient is talking about their bunion with the doctor. Many doctors are singularly focused on doing the surgery and only offer one or two types of surgeries.  The problem with this approach is that if the wrong surgery is done, or done incorrectly, there is a greater chance of recurrence, or prolonged recovery, or less than satisfactory results. Of course, problems can arise with any surgery but experience helps keep those to a minimum.


Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery:   

When appropriate, our podiatrists perform minimally invasive bunion surgery.   The advantage of minimally invasive surgery is that it causes significantly less scar tissue and soft tissue trauma.  This results in less swelling and less pain in most cases. The vast majority of our bunion surgery patients are back in shoes in 3 weeks with very little scarring.  We use several techniques to lower the postoperative pain.  Frequently, little if any pain medication is needed after surgery.  This requires the patient following the postoperative instructions but in general, surgery is not very painful. Once patients are back in shoes, they still have to take it easy for a couple of weeks but in general they become quite functional in short order.

At Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic, we have a variety of therapies available for bunions and our expert podiatrists work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for getting rid of the pain caused by your bunions.

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