Bunions Causes and Treatment

Many people think a bunion is a simple bone prominence by the big toe. Actually, a bunion can be a progressive deformity of bones and joints.

These mal-aligned structures can cause a painful “bump,” but can also cause functional problems, leading to other regions of foot pain. 

Bunions develop slowly. Pressure on the big toe joint causes the big toe to lean toward the second toe. Over time, the normal structure of the bone changes, resulting in the bunion bump. This deformity will gradually increase and may make it painful to wear shoes or walk.


Get back on the course quicker

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Golf is a hobby for some, a pastime for others, and a passion for many.  Any day a golfer is kept off the course due to an injury is a day wasted, according to Dr. Bill Ward, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedic Specialists of Oakland County.


Questions After Joint Replacement

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Two of the most common questions we get are about sleeping after surgery and whether the implant will set off metal detectors. 

  • Why can't I sleep after my joint replacement?

    One of the most common comlaints we hear from our patients is the inabaility to get a good night's sleep.  

    A lot of factors contribute to the lack of sleep. The most common reason patients cannot sleep is pain.  At OSOC we pride ourselves on effectively controlling our patients pain to help them get through their recovery. As sleep is a very important part of the recovery, here are some tips to practice to help you sleep after your jonit replacement:

    • Take your pain medication if you are having pain. As stated earlier, pain is the most common cause of not being able to sleep.  Taking your pain pills one hour before sleeping helps restore your sleep cycle. 
    • Ice before bedtime
    • Sleep on your side or back with a pillow between your legs for comfort
    • Do not do your therapy immediately before bedtime. This may cause increased pain and swelling. 

    Most times difficulty sleeping after your surgery resolves on its own after 3-4 weeks. With proper pain control and activity modification patients can get a good night's sleep throughout their recovery.


  • Will my joint replacement set off metal detectors?

    Most orthopedic implants will set off metal detectors. Over 90% of hip replacements and knee replacements will set of airport metal detectors. We do provide our patients an implant card but this is no longer needed for identification of these implants. 

    If you or a family member has a metal implant, he or she should inform a Transportation Security Officer before screening begins. Passengers can use TSA’s Notification Card to communicate discreetly with security officers; however, showing this card or other medical documentation will not exempt a passengerfrom additional screening.

    Many patients now prefer to be screened by imaging technology (X-ray Machine) to reduce the likelihood of a pat-down being necessary. If a pat-down is selected by the TSA, it will be helpful to wear clothes that allow you to easily reveal your surgical scar.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Healthy New Year's Resolutions

Some of the most common new year's resolutions are to exercise and develop healthier habits.  Exercise is crucial in maintaining healthy and pain free joints.  Here are some tips for a healthy new year:


Distracted Driving Dangers

We see many orthopedic injuries related to distracted driving.  Some are minor but unfortunately many are serious. 


Cortisone vs. Ozone injections

Pain-relieving steroid shots are commonly used for knee arthritis although they only provide short-term benefits and do not slow the progression of the disease. Could ozone injections be a better solution?


Youth Sports Injury Stats

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), participation in organized sports is on the rise. Nearly 30 million children and adolescents participate in youth sports in the United States. This increase in play has led to some other startling statistics about injuries among America's young athletes:


Study Looks at Benefits of Knee Replacement Over Therapy Alone

The New York Times recently featured an article about a study that compared knee replacement to physical therapy and other non-surgical treatments. 



Plantar Fasciitis Guide

Plantar fasciitis (plan-ter fash-ee-eye-tiss) is pain in the heel or arch of the foot. It is caused by irritation of the plantar fascia—the band of tissue that goes from the heel to the ball of the foot.


Pros/Cons of Bilateral Knee Replacement

The Wall Street Journal published a recent article that examines the pros and cons of bilateral knee replacement. The article cites studies in the Journal of Arthroplasty and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. The article states that “a study in May in the Journal of Arthroplasty compared cases matched for risks in simultaneous bilateral and unilateral knee surgeries in a database of nearly 44,000 patients.


Fall Sports Injuries

Consider These 10 Tips to Avoid Fall Sports Injuries
Orthopaedic surgeons provide safety tips to avoid football, soccer and other fall sport injuries

Football, soccer, cheer leading and volleyball are popular fall youth sports activities. As kids settle into the new school year, they’re also excited to hit the field again. To help reduce the risk of common injuries, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) offer safety tips to keep kids in the game and out of emergency rooms.

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