Dr. Terry H. Clarke, the owner and president of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central PA, has practiced podiatry for more than a decade. In that time, Dr. Terry H. Clarke has treated such deformities as serious bunions.
For patients with severe bunions, a number of surgical options exist to address pain. One of the most common is the osteotomy, which requires small incisions in the bone. The surgeon then repairs these fractures with hardware that re-aligns the bones and balances the joint.
Individuals with arthritis as well as severe bunions may qualify instead for arthrodesis, during which the surgeon cuts away arthritic tissue and introduces hardware that connects the remaining bone during healing. This surgery is more common in patients who have had prior bunion correction procedures yet still have bunion pain.
Such procedures often coordinate with soft tissue surgery, which tightens or loosens the ligaments and tendons that affect positioning of the big toe. In some cases, however, these soft tissue manipulations are enough to provide relief.