Bunion surgeryGetting you back on your feet. We work with specialist foot and ankle Consultants who can advise on the right treatment for you
Bunions, known as hallux valgus, are a common problem that often runs in the family. The big toe becomes deviated, resulting in a painful bony protrusion on the side of your foot. If left untreated, the deformity can progress, resulting in crossing-over of the second toe or painful corn formation. Bunion surgery aims to correct the alignment of your big toe, relieving pain and restoring the shape of your foot.
Walk pain-free and in confidence
We work with specialist foot and ankle Consultants, who can help you decide whether a bunion operation is the appropriate treatment for you, and we will help get you back to walking pain-free and doing the things you love. The first step is to book an initial consultation, which you can choose to have at KIMS Hospital or Sevenoaks Medical Centre. If you choose to have surgery, this will take place at KIMS Hospital. With no waiting lists, you can access prompt care at a time that suits you whether you are paying for yourself or if you have medical insurance.
You can see expert consultants and have a range of scans and tests at either one of our facilities below. If you need a procedure or surgery, this will be carried out at KIMS Hospital in Maidstone.
KIMS Hospital, Maidstone
Sevenoaks Medical Centre
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What is a bunion?
A bunion is where the big toe can drift towards the second toe and the bone in the foot drifts away from the second toe. This typically happens due to laxity of the tissue around the joint connecting the big toe to the foot. As the big toe drifts more, the greater the stretch on the tissue. This causes the bony prominence on the side of the foot.
Do I need bunion surgery?
Not necessarily and it depends on your symptoms. You should try conservative approaches first such as adjusting your footwear. You can also try using a splint to help with your symptoms.
What happens if I leave bunion untreated?
This depends on the severity of your bunion. As a bunion progresses, there is a risk of developing osteoarthritis of the joint, which can restrict movement and cause pain.
As the big toe turns towards the second toe more, it reduces the space for the second toe to stay in position, and subsequently the second toe can be pushed up leading to pain in the smaller toes. With time the second toe may develop a deformity (hammer toe) which can cause more pain in shoes.
How long does it take to recover from surgery?
The surgery is typically done as a day case and you can walk straight away in a surgical slipper, which you should use for 6 weeks. If your consultant is happy with your progress, then you can return to wearing normal shoes.
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Our team are on hand to help answer any queries you might have about coming to KIMS Hospital or Sevenoaks Medical Centre. You can use the form below and one of our team will be in touch. Alternatively to speak to a member of our friendly team, please call 01622 237 500 between 8am-8pm Monday to Friday.
If you would like to book an appointment, you can use the form below and one of our team will be in touch.
Alternatively to speak to a member of our friendly team, please call 01622 237 500 between 8am-8pm Monday to Friday.
Please be aware, if you are requesting a diagnostic scan such as an MRI, or CT, you must have a referral from a relevant clinician or Allied Health professional such as a physiotherapist.