Bunion Surgery: Is It for You?

02C67742A bunion is a bony protrusion at the base of the big toe, resulting in pressure, swelling, and often intense pain. Bunions can result from congenital defects, excessive strain on the feet, or just tight shoes. Mild bunions can often be treated through over-the-counter or home remedies, but severe bunions can require medical treatment.

Bunions are permanent unless surgically corrected, and can lead to several serious complications: bursitis, a very painful condition in which the joints become inflamed; hammertoe, an abnormal bend in the second toe that causes severe pain; and metatarsalgia, the inflammation of the ball of the foot.

The best treatment for bunions depends on the severity of the deformation and the level of pain you’re experiencing. A good start is changing shoes. Finding shoes that are comfortable and allow plenty of space for the toes can alleviate many of the worst symptoms. Arch-support inserts can help as well. Taping or splinting can reduce stress on the toes, and anti-inflammatory medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen can help with pain and reduce inflammation. Icing might help as well, further reducing inflammation.

However, if these options do not work, surgery may be necessary. A surgeon can remove portions of a damaged joint, alleviate inflamed tendons, and realign the bones of your foot. But, long recovery periods, possible complications (including nerve damage), stiffening of the joints, and scarring should be weight as possible risks. Surgery is always a last resort, but if you’re experiencing intense pain, are having trouble walking and performing daily activities, have severe swelling—and you have tried orthopedic shoes, arch supports, and anti-inflammatory medications with no improvement, surgery may be for you.

You should weigh the risks and benefits with your doctor, who will review your medical history, and conduct any necessary tests to determine if you are healthy enough for surgery—an electrocardiogram to see if your heart is sufficiently healthy to cope with the stress of surgery and blood tests to test your liver and kidney function, which can effect the safety of anesthetics. X-rays will also be necessary to plan the surgery and evaluate the outcomes.

Recovery can take anywhere from two to eight weeks, and it is important to remember that relapses are common unless proper preventative measures are taken after surgery. Your doctor will give you instructions for caring for your foot at home. You may be given special footwear or even a cast to protect your foot. At home, the foot should be keep elevated to reduce pain and swelling. Your doctor may also recommend frequent icing and an anti-inflammatory medication. Walking should be kept to an absolute minimum. When walking is necessary a cane or walker may be necessary. Be sure to keep the dressing clean and dry, and follow up with your doctor regularly. Contact your doctor immediately if fever, redness, or swelling develops. After you have had some time to recover, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to recover your strength and range of motion in your foot.

Katy Movers

Hiring a mover makes a lot of sense. Maybe you have a lot of very heavy furniture and you can’t move all of it and get it to fit in your little Ford Focus. Or perhaps you have some valuable pieces and you would feel better having a professional mover handle them for you. Our little town of Katy, Texas may not be as big as cities like Houston but there are still plenty of services here including professional mover that will help you get settled in your new home. You could spend time flipping through the phone book or sifting through internet search results but why bother? Here is a list of movers in the Katy, Texas area who would love to transport your furniture and precious keepsakes for you.

– Katy Movers Inc. is a great local choice. A small business doesn’t mean small service. Katy Movers Inc. offers a full range of moving services including packing, unpacking and transporting your precious keepsakes. They offer free quotes tailored to your needs.

– Square Cow Movers operates in several areas around Texas; their Katy office is known as Chase Carrier. They offer all of the important moving services and are experts at moving oddly sized and shaped pieces of furniture.

– Whether you are moving across the street or across the state Pack-It Movers can get you there. Their customer service department is open 24 hours per day to help you decide the level of service that is best for you. They even have a price matching policy!

– Katy’s Most Reliable Moving Co. works hard to live up to their name. Their goal is to be affordable without having to sacrifice quality of service. They can even transport that giant piano you have been dreading to move.

– College Hunks (Honest, Uniformed, Nice, Knowledgeable Students) attend several of the colleges and universities nearby. Not only will you be supporting our local starving students but you’ll be taking advantage of a great selection of services ranging from local & long distance transport, storage solutions, junk hauling and even some minor demolition of an old building.

– You might have heard of a moving service called Two Men and a Truck. Their national network has a local branch and they can provide all of the services you have come to expect from the company.

– Baby Huey’s Moving is based in Houston but they don’t mind coming over to move your belongings for you. They specialize in the items that are hard to move such as that Baby Grand piano. They will even clean your old or new home if you want!

Hopefully you found the right moving company in this list. If there is some furniture or similarly heavy items you plan to move yourself then please remember to take a few basic precautions. Do some warm-up exercises like stretching before suddenly picking up heavy objects. If an object is too heavy then get some help before picking it up. Consider removing doors from their hinges before moving large pieces through them and be sure to use lots of padding to wrap your furniture while you are moving it.

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