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A 63-year-old female asked:

I have a bunion, hammertoes and overlapping toes. have seen ortopedic surgeon... said i need surgery on all toes..yikes! how horrible will this be, ?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eric Bluman
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 23 years experience
Sounds serious..: But the one thing you did not mention is whether you are in pain. Are you? If so surgery may indeed be needed to definitively fix your problem. Go to www.Orthodoc.Aaos.Org/footankle to get more information about bunions and minimally invasive techniques that can used to correct them.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat commented
Podiatry 22 years experience
Rest and elevate the feet to minimize the pain and swelling especially the first few days after surgery.
Mar 28, 2014
Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Manageable pain: Generally, the procedures performed, the more post-op pain. Having said that, there are several techniques that will make recovery more pleasant. Your podiatric or orthopedic surgeon can start you on antiinflammatories prior to surgery. They can also inject steroid intra-op. A combination of narcotics and nsaids are used post-op. Follow post-op instructions closely and keep a positive attitude.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat commented
Podiatry 22 years experience
Rest and elevate the feet to minimize the pain and swelling especially the first few days after surgery.
Mar 28, 2014
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
It's not painless!: Post-operatively the first three days are typically the most painful, but your surgeon will minimize your pain as much as possible with bandaging and a pain medication prescription. At home, the more you elevate, the less you swell, and the less you swell, the less you hurt. Ask your surgeon about icing, and follow all weight bearing restrictions.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat commented
Podiatry 22 years experience
Rest and elevate the feet to minimize the pain and swelling especially the first few days after surgery.
Mar 28, 2014
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Be prepared.: Rest and elevate the feet to minimize the pain and swelling especially the first few days after surgery.

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