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Having bunion & hammer toe surgery. Does it hurt much afterwards?

Having bunion & hammer toe surgery. Does it hurt much afterwards?

Yes.: But the amount of pain is variable and pain medication is provided to help you through the process. The pain is similar to the pain of a broken bone. The worst of it usually occurs in the first 24-72 hours after surgery, then begins to taper off gradually. ...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


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What's the diffrence between hammer toes, bunions and corns?

What's the diffrence between hammer toes, bunions and corns?

All different: Hammertoes are the contracture of the lesser digits. Bunions as the lay person describes them is the deformity of the great toe as it begins to turn toward the second toe, sometimes crossing over/under it and the large bump on the outside of the big toe joint. A corn is a callus on the top of the foot and are commonly seen on hammertoes. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to fix a bunion and hammer toes without surgery?

Is there anyway to fix a bunion and hammer toes without surgery?

No: In 30 years of practice, I have never seen a bunion corrected by orthotics, splinting or other external devices. Certainly, improving the biomechanics of the foot can help prevent bunions by slowing or arresting their development, but once the deformity is present, surgery is the only method of "curing" it. That being said, many small deformities may respond to shoe modification or simple padding. ...Read more

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What is the best thing you can do to treat hammer toes or bunions?

What is the best thing you can do to treat hammer toes or bunions?

Bunions: Bunions and hammertoes are progressive deformities that may result in pain , especially with shoe wear. Conservative options include using shoes with a wider and deeper toe box. Padding the areas may also provide relief. When these measures fail, consult with your foot and ankle surgeon who can discuss various options for surgical repair. ...Read more

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Have bunion left foot, hammer toes, and a corn on second toe. How do I fix my feet?

Have bunion left foot, hammer toes, and a corn on second toe. How do I fix my feet?

Usually Surgery: These are structural deformities. Surgery is needed to correct the deformities. Symptoms can be improved with better shoes and supports. See your podiatrist to discuss the options and see what is best for your situation. Dr l. ...Read more

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Have bunyon left foot, hammer toes too. How complicated is the surgery to fix them?

Have bunyon left foot, hammer toes too. How complicated is the surgery to fix them?

Not complicated: Surgery is not complicated, however, it does require a period of immobilization after surgery pending on the type of procedure chosen by your surgeon. It takes at least 6 weeks to recover and i usually tell my patients that expect to be in regular shoes by 3 months after surgery. ...Read more

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How to remove bunions by the big toe?

How to remove bunions by the big toe?

Many options but : Surgery is the only way to get rid of a bunion. There are non surgical ways to ease the pain though. ...Read more

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Pain on the side of my big toe? Corn? Bunion?

Pain on the side of my big toe? Corn? Bunion?

Different: If the pain is from hard skin, you have a corn or callus. Basically they are the same tissue, with a corn being more focal and a callus, more diffuse. A bunion is the boney enlargement where the big toe and the metatarsal behind it meet. The big toe is usually leaning toward the lesser toes. If the boney lump is on the toe itself, this is an exostosis. See a podiatrist for discussion of treatment. ...Read more

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What are toe spacers and can they help my bunions?

What are toe spacers and can they help my bunions?

Cushions to spread: Toes apart. May provide help in certain bunion deformities by providing counter pressure against the deviated big toe when placed in between big toe and next toe. This is a palliative treatment and does not correct deformity. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need to remove the small bunion on my big toe?

How do I know if I need to remove the small bunion on my big toe?

Symptoms? : Are there any symptoms or other deformities present. Is it interfering with shoe fitting and function. Have you tried any conservative care such as padding or chang in shoes. See a podiatrist to nevaluate and discuss. ...Read more

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Severe bunions on both big toes. Second toes on tips have no feeling and nail is turning dark brown?

The second toes: May be longer than your first toes and your shoes may be too small. With regards to the bunions if they hurt you, you can have them surgically fixed. Your only other option is to find shoes that accomodate them.....which is difficult to do. Your young, I'd fix them. ...Read more

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Can you have a bunion on the top of big toe. Left big toe is turning inward & i can't bend it down as far as right toe.

Can you have a bunion on the top of big toe. Left big toe is turning inward & i can't bend it down as far as right toe.

Yes: A bump on the top of the big toe joint develops with jamming of that joint and formation of spurring. This can be caused by trauma or elevation of the metatarsal bone. Early treatment consists of steroid injections and custom inserts to improve joint function. As it advances, surgery may be needed to restore joint function, insert a joint implant or even fuse the joint to stop painful motion. ...Read more

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Will my bunion come back after toe realignment? After a toe realignment, is there any chance the bunion will come back? .

Will my bunion come back after toe realignment? After a toe realignment, is there any chance the bunion will come back?

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It is possible: Bunion deformities are the result of foot type and abnormal foot function. Surgery repairs the deformity, but can not address all the functional factors that lead to this deformity. Improving foot function is critical in long term protection of the surgical correction. " if you don't balance the wheel, the tire will wear out faster". Good shoes and support is a must post surgery. Dr l. ...Read more

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How do I know if my bunions are in fact bunions or gout? They don't change in size & both big toes are quite straight. Bunions hurt occasionally.

How do I know if my bunions are in fact bunions or gout? They don't change in size & both big toes are quite straight. Bunions hurt occasionally.

Arthritis type: Bunions is a arthritis related to deformity. Will be painful when pressure is rubbing on the deformity such as certain tight or types of shoes. When arthritis exists inside of the joint as well then motion at the joint is painful as well. Gout is related to a particular acid, Uric acid that build up in the blood stream that deposits as crystals in joint. So X-rays blood test, joint fluid test. ...Read more

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My bigtoes are leaning/facing towards my secondtoes slightly. My secondtoes are bent,almost resting on my big toes, but no other signs of a bunion. ??

What is the question: you can have something called a hallux interphalangeus where the big toe is curved towards the second without having a bunion.....a bunion is simply a bump of bone and this is usually on the medial aspect of the first metatarsal head but can be on the top of it. ...Read more

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