Dr. Rachel Verville treats a variety of foot and ankle ailments, including Frisco heel spur patients, hammertoes, sprains, and fractures. Frisco bunion treatment is one of the most common services she offers patients, and it’s one of her “favorites” in part because of the immediate and effective relief she can often provide.

Often, the patients that see her for bunion treatment have misconceptions about what to expect. Sometimes, a friend who saw another podiatrist had one experience that is coloring their opinion about the process. In other cases, patients simply don’t know what their options are. Dr. Verville takes the time to explain the condition and treatment so that patients are fully informed and have confidence in the road ahead.

Here are three facts people might not know about bunion treatment. For more information, consider scheduling an appointment with RNV Podiatry.

Improper Footwear Did Not Cause the Bunion

There are plenty of foot conditions that the wrong shoes can cause: hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, and even an ankle sprain. Dr. Verville often recommends changing shoes or using custom orthotics to compensate for these types of problems. However, this typically isn’t part of bunion treatment.

It is true that certain shoes can make bunions feel more painful; the constant friction of high heels, for example, can really cause discomfort. Yet bunions are actually hereditary. If a patient’s parents had them, it’s more likely they will suffer from the condition. Bunions occur in part because of a tendon imbalance that causes the toe to drift over. This all goes back to your genetic make-up and whether you are predisposed to the problem.

Frisco Bunion Treatment May or May Not Involve Surgery

Bunions can be extremely painful. They can decrease sensation in your toes, limit your mobility, and impede your life in a big way.

In cases such as these, Dr. Verville will often recommend surgery as a treatment for bunions. More conservative measures may or may not have an impact on these symptoms, but choosing to delay surgery simply leaves a patient in discomfort for longer without the confidence that the pain will go away.

When symptoms are not this extreme, patients may be able to treat their bunions with specially designed pads; wider shoes; or custom orthotics. Each can help give your toes the room that they need.

Recovery from Bunion Surgery Takes Weeks (Not Days)

When patients elect to have surgery for bunion treatment, Dr. Verville works to set their expectations for the procedure. Often, patients think that they will be up and walking within a short span of time following surgery because they often overlook the impact their feet take just by walking around every day.

Dr. Verville typically limits walking after an operation for between four and six weeks. Granted, this is a lengthy recovery time, but keeping weight off the foot is essential to proper healing and to the patient’s long-term comfort.

If you are considering bunion treatment and live in the Frisco area, contact Dr. Rachel Verville and RNV Podiatry. Call (214) 385-8822 or schedule an appointment on our site.