Mercy Foot-and-Ankle Surgeon Dr. Clifford Jeng Discusses Bunionectomy For Correcting Bunion Deformity
The majority of bunion sufferers are women, and when the pain becomes unbearable, a bunionectomy can correct the deformity.
Bunions can be hereditary, but according to the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, they are often caused by poorly fitted shoes that are too narrow and tight, and that causes the toes to go out of alignment.
Nine times out of 10, bunion sufferers are women.
For years, walking was difficult for Laticia Robinson because of bunions on both feet.
"It's extremely painful, especially if you have it in both feet. I can't wear nice shoes, but beyond all that, it's painful. It hurts to walk. Even when you're not walking, it hurts," Robinson said.
According to Dr. Clifford Jeng of The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy, people who have bunions that are painful may want to consider a bunionectomy.
"In bunionectomy surgery, we take the bones that have fallen out of alignment, and we cut them and put them back where they belong so that the toes can be straight again," Dr. Jeng said.
The surgery typically takes about an hour, and the recovery time is about eight weeks, with swelling that can last up to a year.
Robinson had bunion surgery on her right foot two years ago. Three months after surgery, she noted that all the pain in her right foot was gone, so she feels the outcome was positive.
"Excellent. That's why I decided to get the next one done," Robinson said.
For those who think they can go back to wearing pointed, narrow shoes after a bunionectomy, Dr. Jeng warned that doing so can make the bunions come back.
View Dr. Clifford Jeng’s interview regarding bunionectomy.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.
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