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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
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Bunion (Overview)

The increased growth of bone on the side of the first metatarsal head.


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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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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
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Bunion (Overview)

The increased growth of bone on the side of the first metatarsal head.


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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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Treating Bunions, Calluses & Corns (Checklist)

Wear properly fitted shoes
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Try a bunion splint to reduce joint pressure
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See a podiatrist
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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?

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?

How do you treat bunions in kids?

Shoe is not growing: If bunions occurs in the kids foot is growing faster than the shoe (if it grows) by changing to bigger shoe will help. ...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?

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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What are treatment options for bunions or bone spurs?

What are treatment options for bunions or bone spurs?

Shoes / surgery: My understanding of your problem makes me think that you are concerned about bone spurring around your bunion deformity. You may have hallux limitus. This is usually spurring to the top of the joint causing limitation of movement and discomfort. Conservative care consists of a stiffer, thicker soled shoe with good support. Surgery may be needed based on symptoms. See your foot specialists. Dr l. ...Read more

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What are some home treatments for a bunion?

There aren't : Really any. A bunion is a "bump" of bone. No home treatment will make this bump disappear. Surgery will. Home treatment can help inflammation of the bunion known as bursitis go down. Hot soaks can help this. Avoid tight shoes to avoid the bursitis, but no home treatment will make the actual bump go away. ...Read more

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How can I quickly cure bunions without surgery?

How can I quickly cure bunions without surgery?

Bunion surgery.: There are no braces or exercises to get rid of a bunion. If you have it surgically removed, there are several ways your surgeon could go about it. Depending on the angle of your bones (you'll need an x-ray), there are many different procedures to correct your foot. Some involve bone cuts and screws. You'll be swollen for several weeks, but the post-op pain does not last that long. ...Read more

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Are there non surgical ways to get rid of bunions?

No, but...: There are other ways to treat such as padding, wider shoes, physical therapy or orthotics. Although none of these treatments correct the deformity, in some cases they may provide adequate relief. ...Read more

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Bunion surgery --- what are some risks I should be aware of?

Stiffness scarring: No surgery is without risks or possible complications. With bunion surgery, possible complications include: infection, scarring, joint stiffness, transfer soreness to the second metatarsal, prolonged swelling and some recurrence of the deformity. Follow dr's instructions is usually the best advice to limit possible complications. Dr l. ...Read more

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How to prevent bunions from getting worse?

How to prevent bunions from getting worse?

Difficult: Bunion are progressive deformities, they always get worse. Improving foot function with good shoes and support can slow down the process. Dr l. ...Read more

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What are bunions?

What are bunions?

Structural deformity: Bunions are a bony prominence. They are progressive, structural deformities. You can improve the symptoms with better shoes, but you can't improve the deformity. My rule of thumb: if the deformity bothers you on a regular basis or is limiting your activity, then surgery is an option to consider. See your foot specialist for evaluation and treatment discussion. Dr l. ...Read more

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Why do bunions hurt?

Why do bunions hurt?

Pressure on the bump: Bunions don't always hurt. They often become painful for several reasons. First, the prominence of the bump may rub against shoewear and can cause either acute (sudden) or chronic (longstanding) irritation. Second, in many cases the joint has shifted partway out of socket and that can cause pain. There is also a nerve that runs over the area that can become stretched because of the deformity. ...Read more

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Big Toe Pain (Definition)

A description of a discomforting feeling in or around the area of the big or great toe. This pain may sometimes be accompanied with swelling, redness or ...Read more