Do you have questions about foot care? We have answers!

Do you have questions about foot injuries or the causes of foot pain? Dr. Stephanie Carollo provides the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about foot injuries and foot care. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk about your foot pain, call Dr. Stephanie Carollo’s office at (586) 298-1585.

Bunions

Q: What’s that bump near my big toe?

A:  If it’s located on the inside of the foot, it’s likely a bunion.  This occurs when the bone behind the big toe moves toward the other foot, and the big toe itself drifts toward the 2nd toe.  If the bump is located on the top of the foot, it could represent a bone spur, or indicate that arthritis is affecting your big toe joint.  Both of these conditions are very common, but you should know that both can also become more problematic over time.  Click here to learn more about Bunions.

Q: My friend said that bunion surgery is really painful. Is this true?

A: Bunion surgery is not as painful as you may have heard.  Most of our patients only take pain medication for 1-3 days after bunion surgery, and almost all of them state that it wasn’t nearly as painful as they thought it would be.  Careful surgical technique can help to minimize postoperative pain, as does the protocol that we have our patients employ after their bunion surgery.  In addition, most patients with bunion surgery are able to bear weight on their surgical foot immediately after surgery.  More information can be found on our Bunion page.

Q: If I have a bunion, do I need a bunionectomy (surgery)?

A: Not necessarily.  The main consideration is whether your bunion (or bunions, as many people have them on both feet) is painful.  If it is, there are treatment options that can be employed before surgery is considered.  For those people who continue to have pain after conservative (or non-surgical) treatment options have been attempted, then bunion surgery or a bunionectomy may be performed.  A bunionectomy is considered elective surgery, which means that a patient can elect/decide to have the procedure if pain persists, but may also choose not to have the surgery performed.  For more information about bunions, visit our Bunion page on this website.

Q: How will I know if I need bunion surgery?

A: Bunion surgery is only to be considered if pain does not improve sufficiently with non-surgical or conservative care measures.