I saw a surgeon in New York in reference to a bump that I have on both of my feet. He informed me that they are not bunions but they are right around my big toe joints. Is it still possible to have both of the bumps removed and have my insurance cover it?
It is possible to have a variety of bumps around the big toe joint that are confused with a bunion. A bunion, however, is a subluxation of the big toe joint and the most common reason for a bump at the big toe area. The second most common reason for a bump at the big toe joint is arthritis. Arthritic bone spurs can develop extremely large in this area and can be quite painful. The big toe joint can also become stiff, a condition called hallux limitus or hallux rigidus. Women who wear high heels find that these bumps can interfere with ability to get into heels altogether.
The surgery most commonly involved shaving the bone spurs (a procedure called Cheilectomy). This is an minor surgery, which I perform as same day ambulatory surgery here in New York. Patients are walking immediately after surgery. I find this particular surgery to be one of the more satisfying surgery I perform in my private practice as patients recovery extremely quick and the pain relief is usually dramatic. This type of surgery is commonly covered by most insurance plans.