INDIANAPOLIS, IN, May 23, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Bunions are a common and extremely painful occurrence that affect many people, particularly women who like to wrestle their feet into small, pointed or too-high shoes. When a bunion starts to affect a patient's quality of life, Indianapolis podiatrist Dr. Yong Chae offers bunion surgery to remove the bunion and correct any deformities present.
A bunion is a noticeable bump on the big toe that causes the bone where the big toe meets the foot starts to turn outward, causing the big to direct itself toward the pinkie toe. An estimated 55 percent of women in the United States have bunions, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Women are nine times more likely than men to experience bunions.
When bunions initially occur, Dr. Chae typically recommends conservative treatments, which can include splints to reposition the big toe, orthotics to promote a healthy shape to the feet or medications to relieve inflammation and pain. However, if these interventions do not work and pain continues, surgery may be necessary.
"Bunions can cause severe pain that limits your everyday activities and cause toe deformity," says Dr. Chae, an Indianapolis podiatrist. "While bunion surgery is not a quick fix, it can be a lasting method to help patients find relief."
If a patient suspects his or her bunion may be so severe it requires surgery, Dr. Chae can evaluate the patient at his Indianapolis, IN podiatrist office. Some common signs a patient may need more significant surgical intervention include severe foot pain that makes everyday walking activities difficult, swelling and pain in the big toe that does not subside with conservative treatments, toe stiffness that affects the patient's ability to bend or straighten the toe and noticeable and worsening deformity of the big toe in relation to the smaller toes.
Several different types of bunion surgery are available, and the approach varies based on the patient's individual symptoms and goals for treatment. Most approaches require realigning the joint and/or adjusting the damaged ligaments and tendons to correct the deformity. In some instances, screws, wires and/or plates are required to straighten the toe.
Dr. Chae can discuss risks and rewards of the procedure with you. As with any surgical procedure, there is a recovery period and risks involved. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and typically takes less than an hour. Recovery can vary from person to person, but patients typically wear a brace and special shoe for anywhere from six to eight weeks. You can return to everyday activities, such as driving, about one week after the surgery.
An estimated 85 to 90 percent of patients are satisfied with their results following bunion surgery, according to the AAOS.
"Bunion surgery can be life-changing because it gives patients their mobility back and freedom from chronic pain," says Dr. Chae, an Indianapolis podiatrist at Active Podiatry.
To learn more about bunion treatments and surgery at Dr. Chae's Indianapolis, IN podiatrist's office, please call (317) 328-6622. For more information about services offered at Active Podiatry in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, please visit www.ActivePodiatry.com
About Dr. Chae: Young Chae, DPM, earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1992 and his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 1996. In addition to his DPM degree, he also completed two years of residency training in Chicago. Dr. Chae is certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a member of the Indiana and American Podiatric Medical Associations as well as a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Dr. Yong Chae
6820 Parkdale Place, Suite 209
Indianapolis, IN 46254
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