Bunion Correction

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To provide you with information, to assist you in making an informed choice, whether or not to undergo foot surgery. May also be called a bunion correction, metatarsal osteotomy, decompression osteotomy.

Aims of this Procedure

  • To straighten the big toe and reduce pain and the bunion lump.
  • Relief of shoe pressure discomfort.
  • Relief of great toe pressure on the other toes.

The Procedure

Cuts are made in the metatarsal and toe bones. These are realigned back into the correct position. The bone is then fixed with wires/screws or staples, to hold the bones in position while they heal.

Approximate procedure time 25-60 minutes

Approximate Recovery Times

Week 0-1 Heel walk only, complete rest with your foot elevated
Week 1-4

Heel walk or gentle ?flat foot? walk only. Elevate your foot when possible.Swelling should start to subside.

Week 4-6

Gradual return to non-sport activities (work) as you feel comfortable. Return to normal shoes and driving when you feel it is safe to do so.

Continued improvement. Swelling and stiffness should be subsiding. ?Gentle? return to sports

Specific Risks Of This Operation

  • Internal fixation may occasionally need removing.
  • Problems with bone healing/movement of fixation.
  • Recurrence of deformity or deterioration.
  • Possible need to wear special insoles post operatively.
  • Transfer of pressures and pains to other areas.
  • Joint stiffness. Abnormal joint function.
  • Shoe fitting problems.

General Risks Of Surgery

  • Infection minor or major
  • Delayed healing of soft tissues or bone.
  • Swelling, short or long term.
  • Numbness, short or long term.
  • Scar problems, Pain Thickening Discolouration.
  • Chronic (long term) Pain Syndromes.
  • Anaesthetic and medication complications.
  • Damage to Circulation. Haematoma (Bleeding into the skin)
  • Blood clots, DVT and Thrombosis, Heart attack.
  • Failed procedure, Deterioration, Fatality from complications.


We specialise in providing Regional Local Anaesthesia. We use injections to numb your foot, so you do not have to be put to sleep.

Going Home

You are able to go home the same day, but you must be driven home and have a responsible adult to stay with you.

Please read this in conjunction with the Essential Pre-Operative Information Booklet