Suman, a 41-year-old doctor with bunion foot or deformed toes, for several years was cured using scarf oesteotomy surgery at a city hospital.
Bunion foot is a deformity of the joint at the base of the toe in which the foot turns outward and the big toe points inward, causing the joint to jut out. The condition aggravates with age and limits mobility due to unbearable pain.
Proper scrutiny of the condition revealed that scarf oesteotomy surgery was the only solution as she had severely deformed bunions in both her feet.
"The surgery involved removing the prominent bump and re-aligning the metatarsal bone (group of bone) with an osteotomy (bone cut and screw fixation), combined with a repair of the joint capsule and ligaments," said Pradeep Moonot, Orthopedic surgeon, Breach Candy hospital.
The surgery helps to produce a narrow foot and a straighter big toe. Doctors recommend post-operative shoe for almost six weeks until the foot is completely healed. The shoe allows for heel weight-bearing or walking.