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On a scale of 1 to 10 how bad does bunion surgery hurt?

On a scale of 1 to 10 how bad does bunion surgery hurt?

Different: Everybody has a different pain threshhold. Clearly, a person with a higher pain tolerance will say post-op bunion surgery pain was quite managable. Another important factor is the surgical procedure performed. Some procedures are more involved and therefore have more post-op pain. Either way, your physician should give you the appropriate post-op pain medication based upon these 2 factors. ...Read more

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Have tailor's bunions on my feet, is that a symptom of bunions?

Have tailor's bunions on my feet, is that a symptom of bunions?

Different...: A bunion and tailors bunion are different in location. A bunion occurs at the great toe joint and the tailors bunion at the 5th toe joint. They can occur separately or together. Both are the result of faulty mechanics. You should visit your podiatrist to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bunions?

What are the symptoms of bunions?

Pain/discomfort: Patients chief complaint with a bunion bunion is usually "bump" pain. The bunion can get irritated by shoe gear and/or activity. Wearing better, more supportive shoes can help the symptoms. These are progressive and at some point surgical intervention may be the treatment of "your" choice. Discuss with a foot specialist as to what might work best for you. Dr l. ...Read more

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How can you avoid developing bunions?

How can you avoid developing bunions?

Better foot function: You can't really avoid getting bunions, but you can slow down the progression of the deformity with good shoes and supports. Improving foot function will slow down the wear and tear. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with bunions and very flat feet, any correlation between these two? Should i continue exercising? Any long term effects?

Yes: Flat feet can cause foot instability that can lead to bunions and hammer toes and other foot and ankle conditions. I would advise a good custom orthotic prior to long term high impact exercise. ...Read more

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What are the tests for bunion?

What are the tests for bunion?

X-ray: Clinical exam and an x-ray willbe able to determine if you have a bunion. ...Read more

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I know what bunions look like, but what exactly are they?

I know what bunions look like, but what exactly are they?

Misalignment of bone: Bunion are structural deformities that are progressive. They are, normally, secondary to abnormal foot function. The foot rolls in too much causing the big toe to be pushed towards the second toe. The big toe then pushes the first metatarsal bone the opposite direction. Over time this leads to the bony prominence "bunion". The joint becomes misaligned over time and becomes symptomtic. Dr l. ...Read more

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Are there shoes that are less likely to cause bunions to form?

Yes: As a rule, a stiffer, thicker soled shoe with good support and lower heel, is usually the best. Controlling abnormal foot function with help to slow the progression of the bunion deformity. Dr l. ...Read more

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How do you treat bunions in kids?

Depends: Pediatric bunions or juvenile hallux abducto valgus deformity require a thorough history and clinical examination that includes radiographs to fully evaluate the patient. Recommendations can range from conservative to surgical. The latter is largely not recommended until growth plates have closed. Conservative measures include orthotics and shoe gear modifications. ...Read more

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I was born with a hallux valgus (bunion) since I was born but it doesn't hurt!. Does it need to be treated?

Yes: Bunions are progressive structural deformities. They will gradually get worse over time. Yes, in the case, means good shoes and supports. The better you can protect and support the foot, the less wear and tear on the foot. Better to be proactive than reactive. Dr l. ...Read more

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