Julio Jones underwent surgery to remove a bunion on his foot on Monday, with the Atlanta Falcons star wide receiver announcing that “surgery was a success” in a photo posted on Instagram.
The injury had been nagging Jones throughout the 2016 season and caused him to miss two games. His game and practice reps were also limited late in the regular season, but the 28-year-old wideout still managed to finish with 1,409 receiving yards, second behind T.Y. Hilton of Indianapolis (1,448).
Jones faces a 4-5 month recovery to fully heal, according to the team.
At Delray Beach Podiatry, Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, a podiatrist with over 30 years of experience, has performed numerous bunion removal surgeries and can offer further insight into Jones’ situation.
“The only way to fully alleviate the issues caused by a bunion is to remove it,” said Dr. Goldbaum, who has offices in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, Fla. “For someone like Julio Jones, whose profession requires him to pivot and change direction quickly, a bunion can cause serious pain and discomfort.”
A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the join at the base of your big toe. This condition occurs when your big toes pushes against your next toe, forcing the join of your big toe to get bigger and stick out.
The underlying cause of bunions is a deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe known as he hallux valgus. In this deformity, the join develops a prominent sideways angle, which pushes the bones of the big toe towards the smaller toes.
As a bunion develops, swelling, redness and pain is typically felt at the base of the big toe and in the ball of the foot. Eventually, the area becomes shiny and warm to the touch.