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I do 2 hours of cardio a day and having bunion op soon! How long after surgery before I can use non-weight bearing seated bike & machines? Thanks

I do 2 hours of cardio a day and having bunion op soon! How long after surgery before I can use non-weight bearing seated bike & machines? Thanks

Months: It actually depends on the type of bunion surgery that you are having. Just a simple bunionectomy may allow you to return to some of these activities in a month. However, most likely you will be several months from resuming such a rigorous schedule. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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It has been two years since I had bunion surgery. Why is my big toes still numb, lose my balance & have to wear socks year round, they are cold?

It has been two years since I had bunion surgery. Why is my big toes still numb, lose my balance & have to wear socks year round, they are cold?

Permanent: Since it's been two years, I would suggest your observation is permanent. Were both bunions done because it sounds like your observation is going on in both feet? This could also be small vessel disease. That is a circulatory issue. Consult your local area podiatrist and ask if they do pad exam. This may not be related to the bunion surgery. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do after bunion surgery?

What exercises can I do after bunion surgery?

Must heal: It is important that the surgery be compleatly healed. That said I tell patients they can do seated exercises with weights and machines. ...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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What is a good stage to have bunion surgery? Early on?

What is a good stage to have bunion surgery? Early on?

Depends on symptoms: My recommendation is: if they bother you on a regular basis or... If it limits your activity, then surgery should be considered. Bunions are progressive problems....They don't get better, they only get worse. Meaning, you may be able to reduce the symptoms with better shoes, etc., but the structural deformity gradually gets worse. Dr l. ...Read more

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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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Can you tell me about bunion surgery & can you tell me all about your experience?

Can you tell me about bunion surgery & can you tell me all about your experience?

Bunionectomy: Bunion surgery in general is very effective and has a high success rate in alleviating the symptoms associated with a bunion. There are numerous procedures that can be performed depending on the extent of the deformity. Make sure you see someone that performs these surgeries frequently. If you follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions you will have a better outcome. ...Read more

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How will bunion surgery affect my dancing?

8-12 weeks to heal: It wil take 8-12 weeks to heal and could be several months before returning to pre-surgery dance level. It may improve your dancing if the bunions were painful prior to surgery. ...Read more

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How to reduce swelling after bunion surgery?

Bunion swelling: Reduce swelling with ice, elevation, rest, and non weight bearing. ...Read more

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I have a tailors bunion, is surgery required?

Depends: Depends on if you have tried conservative treatments like padding, wider shoes, injections, nsaids etc. In you have tried everything then surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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How long does numbness last after bunion surgery?

Few weeks: Numbness can last from a few weeks to a few months. There are times when it can last forever depending on whether there was a complication. ...Read more

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Is it possible to walk right after a bunion surgery?

Is it possible to walk right after a bunion surgery?

Rest and relax: Depending on the procedure you may be able to walk after the surgery, but keep it at a minimum. The amount of pain following bunion surgery may vary depending on how well you take care of your foot following the surgery. Immediately after surgery your best bet would be to rest and elevate your feet. Post operative pain will be less if you limit the swelling by elevating the feet. ...Read more

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How long after bunion surgery can I return to driving?

How long after bunion surgery can I return to driving?

Assuming that the: Surgery was on the right foot and involved an osteotomy, I have 2 requirements:

1. A minimum of 6-8 weeks have passed after surgery, normal healing time for broken bones.

2. After the 6-8 weeks, I have my patients sit in their car at home and simulate jamming on the brake as if they have to stop in an emergency. When they can do that without flinching, driving is ok. ...Read more

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After surgery on tailor bunion will the symptoms go away?

After surgery on tailor bunion will the symptoms go away?

Tailor's Bunion: Basically this sounds like a tailor's bunion or 'bunionette.' you can stretch your shoes, wear paddings over it, take pills to mask the pain, or have it surgically corrected. After a surgical correction, the symptoms should diminish and eventually go away. Be patient with the bone surgery healing process, . ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve the numbness after bunion surgery?

What can I do to relieve the numbness after bunion surgery?

Time: After an injury to a nerve, if it is not cut, it Gerald regenerates or heals at s rare of 1 mm/day or 1 inch a month. Depending on how long ago your surgery was, it may just take more time or it may always remain numb. There can be some growth of nerves unaffected by the surgery that can arborize or fill in the gap to a degree. ...Read more

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If I have a tailors bunion, when will I have to get surgery?

Tailors bunion: Surgery is indicated if you have pain and life style changes as a result of the tailors bunion. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about tailor's bunions and surgery for them?

Can you tell me about tailor's bunions and surgery for them?

Have it evaluated: Conservative options include the use of toe spacers, strapping, orthoces, and use of more comfortable shoes. If you do not have significant relief of pain surgical management is also an option. Surgery should be considered if you have exhausted your conservative options. ...Read more

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I have bunion surgery a year ago - take screws out, what to do?

I have bunion surgery a year ago - take screws out, what to do?

Usually not needed: Usually screws are left in unless they are causing you discomfort or your surgeon has a good reason for doing so. Discuss with your surgeon. Dr L ...Read more

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I am going to have an operation on bunion. I work standing all day. Would I go back to work right away. After surgery?

No: After bunion surgery you should not be standing for long periods of time or sitting with your feet hanging down. This will cause you to swell more and take longer to heal. It will also increase the amount of pain you would experience post op. ...Read more

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I am a male I have a small bunion is it okay to wait until the end of my school year to undergo surgery it isn't severe? Year just started

I am a male I have a small bunion is it okay to wait until the end of my school year to undergo surgery it isn't severe? Year just started

YES: Yes, it's ok to wait. I would advise seeing a podiatrist to discuss your options, surgical and non-surgical. Go to abfas. Org to find a board certified podiatrist in your area. ...Read more

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I had bunion surgery in 2006, two pins were inserted that now need to be removed. How long will the recovery process be and what can I expect?

I had bunion surgery in 2006, two pins were inserted that now need to be removed. How long will the recovery process be and what can I expect?

Short recovery: If the surgery has healed and simply the pins need removing, this should be an outpatient procedure and full recovery in weeks. ...Read more

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Thinking about getting bunion surgery the pain gets so bad @ times I can barely stand or walk. Have already had it looked at. What can I expect?

Thinking about getting bunion surgery the pain gets so bad @ times I can barely stand or walk. Have already had it looked at. What can I expect?

Painful bunion: Bunion surgery has become very refined.
Day surgery. Local with sedation or general anesthesia. Small incisions, and frequently with absorbable pins for a austin osteotomy.
Not as painful as years ago. One week off the foot around the house. A surgical shoe for 4 weeks. Slowly increased ambulation. Physical therapy begins usually in 3 weeks. The x-ray determines the type of bunionectomy to perfo. ...Read more

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Can I get rid of a bunion without surgery?

Can I get rid of a bunion without surgery?

No: There are ways to accommodate the deformity or reduce pain (wider shoes, padding, stretching, etc); however, the bunion deformity itself can not be fixed non-surgically. ...Read more

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Can you get rid of a bunion without surgery?

Nice thought.: If you ever find a certifiable way of removing bunions without surgery, let me know. We can patent the process and make a ton of money while helping millions of people. ...Read more

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Do doctors use anesthesia for bunion surgery?

Do doctors use anesthesia for bunion surgery?

Yes: Most bunion surgeries are done with ankle nerve blocks, other options are available as epidural, spinal or general anesthesia. Choice depends on many factors. Your anesthesiologist is your best guide. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to get rid of bunions without surgery?

Other options: There is no way to get rid of hallux valgus without surgery, but pain can be controlled with shoegear change, orthotics, pads. There are many options when doing surgery, and methods improve. Please consult a podiatrist to evaluate. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a bunion! How do I get rid of it without surgery?

See below: There is no non-operative cure, but several things may alleviate symptoms and halt progression: wide, low healed shoes or custom made shoes; orthoses to improve support and alignment; night splinting to improve toe alignment, stretching to maintain joint mobility; bunion pads to decrease irritation; application of ice after activity to decrease inflammation; analgesics. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
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Bunion (Definition)

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