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Dr. Paul F Brezinski
847-359-5550
Dr. Maria Chon
847-359-1600

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Dr. Paul F. Brezinski
Dr. Maria Chon
Palatine Podiatry Center
317 E. Dundee Rd.
Palatine , IL , 60074
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9-11:30 1-6
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9-11:30 1-5:30
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9-12 No Appts
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Bunions

A bunion is a painful, condition resulting in an enlargement of the first metatarsal phalangeal joint. This is the joint on the foot where the first or large toe meets the foot.

This joint is a modified ball and socket joint. The bulging, painful, protrusion on the side or top of the foot is as a result of the joint unlocking with the ball( the head of the metatarsal) shifting over a period of time out of the socket (the base of the toe). The purpose of treatment is to restore the correct alignment of the joint repositioning the ball back into the socket. Pain in the foot either while wearing shoes or without shoes is the best indication for treating a bunion. Patients are examined and assessed with a treatment plan individualized for each individual patient. No two patients are alike and neither are bunion deformities. X rays are taken of the foot in a standing position to determine the extent and origination of the deformity. After reviewing the X rays with the patient, a surgical treatment plan is determined and discussed. All questions concerning this treatment are answered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Have To Stay In the Hospital?
Most foot surgery can be and often is performed in an out patient ambulatory surgical center.

Am I Asleep During the Surgical Procedure?
Yes. Under the care of an anesthesiologist, the patient will receive a sedative or combination of sedatives that put the patient into a deep state of sleep. This is called Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) and is also commonly called twilight sedation.
Once the patient is sleeping deeply, local anesthetic is administered to facilitate complete anesthesia of the foot. The patient does not feel the injections or the surgery.

How Soon Can I Walk?
Patients on average start wearing soft, conservative footgear in 3-6 weeks after surgery. This is largely dependent on the severity of the original condition, the procedures performed, and the compliance of the patient in following post operative instructions the first two or three weeks after surgery. The post operative course and treatments are designed to get the patient to full recovery as soon as possible.

Is There a Lot Of Pain After Surgery?
Every patient has a different threshold of what hurts and what does not. Every effort is made to keep patients comfortable with as little to no pain as possible.