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How Long Should Bunions Last
Could be for a while: Bunions are structural deformities. You can decrease irritation by removing shoe pressure, icing and antiinflammatories. If symptoms persists, then you may need to consider surgical options. Discuss with your foot specialist. Dr l. ...Read more
It varies.: Bunions usually can be seen in your 20s but often don't start to hurt for a decade or two later... As do most aches and pains. This will also depend on activity and shoe wear. Having said that, I have treated teenagers with painful bunions as well. Injuries to the foot can accelerate formation, but this will generally be seen on one foot only. ...Read more
All depends on the: Procedure and how you are healing. This should be explained/discussed by your surgeon. ...Read more
Depends.: Depending on your procedure, you may be able to bear weight after surgery, or you may be non-weight-bearing for several weeks after. Ask your surgeon how severe your bunion is, and how aggressive a procedure you need. More aggressive procedures require non-weight-bearing afterward on crutches. ...Read more
Dessert shoes.: As a rule, you should wear supportive shoes. High heels do not fall into that category. It's the same principle as nutrition: you can't eat chocolate cake all day long, but if you maintain a healthy, nutritious diet, you can splurge on dessert. If you wear supportive shoes all day, you can wear heels to an event or out with friends for a finite amount of time. Ultimately, ask your surgeon! ...Read more
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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
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?
It depends: Certainly, if the bunion surgery was on your left foot (and you drive an automatic transmission), you can drive almost immediately. The anesthesia has to clear your system and you should not be driving while taking pain meds. If it is your right foot, it depends on the procedure. Usually, I allow my patients to drive about 10 days post-op. It does vary patient to patient. No recreational walking. ...Read more
Can Stay: Internal fixation screws can stay in place indefinitely assuming they are not causing any problems. Rarely if there is pain from the hardware the screws can be removed. ...Read more
Bunions: what's best way prevent from gettin worse & best way stop/ease pain? Dose wearing a brace help? If so, how long/often do I need wear it?
Bunion: Studies have shown orthotics do not prevent bunions. Custom inserts help restrict excessive motion or off load painful areas of the foot. They do not prevent bunions from growing. Sorry. Bunions are most genetic (recent framington study out of england). Best way to stop pain is wider shoes and antiinflammatory meds. Hope this is informative. ...Read more
How can I cure or treat bunions? They are noy painful but look very not attractive. How long is treatment? And does a pain reliever helps?
It depend: If the patient old or young. If he or she young and the bunion clear after the x-ray and some measument to the angle between 1 & 2 toe, I think should corrected surgicaly. I f the patient middle age and up if there not painfullwe could wait to do surgery.You could wear wide sheo, pain medicne help but how long you want to take it. The to do use recomenep sling and pads and anti-infamory medecation. ...Read more
I have had bunion surgery. I had a cast for six weeks. The cast is off. I would like to know how long will I take till I can put a regular shoe on. I?
Healing times vary: Each individual has a different healing time. You will be ready to go back to a regular shoe when your foot is ready and the swelling is at a minimal. It also depends on the type of procedure performed as some procedures require extended periods of immobilization. ...Read more
Sprains: Since sprains are injury to ligaments and ligaments do not have direct arterial blood blow, they do heal rather slowly. Going for pt and immobilizing the foot is appropriate. Expect 6 or more weeks of care. ...Read more
How long would it take for feet to heal after getting bunion surgery? Can you work a kitchen job after?
Depends: There r many types of bunion surgery. Some only remove the bump & they get u up & 2 work fast. Some cut & reposition bones & they take longer since the bone must heal.@ 23 u should heal bone fast as long as u have no decreased blood supply 4 some reason. Simple takes 2-4 weeks, osteotomy takes longer, from 8-12 wks 2 recover fully if all goes well this image needs osteotomy. ...Read more
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
Can bunions move? I've had what I thought was a bunion on my big toe for over a year but last night I realised that I can move it with my fingers
If you can move it, it is more likely to be corn or callus. Bunion is a bony growth and is not moveable. You may try over the counter treatment for corn/calluses.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
For the last week I've had pain in my right big toe and surrounding area, like a bunion. My big toe feels cold and numb at times. Any suggestions?
Bought gel toe alignment separator to help rid of a bunion forming. So far pain is gone when I wear it. How long til I see improvement? Will it go awa
No: Bunion deformity is bony abnormality that is causes by muscle imbalance and develops over time. The only way to "manage" bunion deformity is surgery. The bone need to be realigned and no separator or aligning splint will achieve this. It may help with the pain and other symptoms but it will not correct it. I do recommend you wearing the splint if that makes you feel better. ...Read more
I have a bony protrusion on my right foot, directly below my bunion. It doesn't hurt but seems to have gotten bigger in the last 6 months. What could it be?
Bigger bunion: Bunions can be a progressive deformity, causing misalignment of the big toe, and the bump enlarging and bowing out to the side and bottom side corner. Small bones call sesamoids can mistrack, causing more pronounced symptoms as well as enlargement. See a podiatrist or orthopedic foot surgeon, get an x-ray and discuss your treatment options. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the procedure performed. Could be up to 1 year. ...Read more
I'm having foot surgery for a bunion on my left foot. What should I expect? How long will it be before I can walk and do stuff? What about recovery?
Depends: It depends on the specific procedure that is done. You will likely need to be off your foot with limited weight bearing and activity for 4 to 6 weeks. You will need to keep your foot elevated. ...Read more
I stood a long time today. I had bunion surgery. I have a cast on my foot swelled up. Is that dangerous?
Bunion surgery: If the swelling is too great it can be dangerous. As stated, your best course of action is to see your surgeon sooner than later. Good luck. ...Read more
It is possible.: Diabetics should expect a possible delay in healing. ...Read more
I had bunion surgery. Six weeks in cast. They cut the bone and they used a drill. I want to know how long will it take to put a regular shoe on.
NOW: I would transition to a tennis shoe now, depending upon x-ray results and degree of post-op swelling. ...Read more
I have a full thickness tear/rupture of the flexor hallucis tendon after bunion surgery 3 mos ago. It is retracted 2.5 cm. And I cannot bend big toe downward. What are long term possible problems without ability of my big toe to push downward, to provid
Maybe none: It depends on which tendon was ruptured, the flexor hallucis longus or brevis. In some bunion procedures, particularly the Keller arthroplasty, the brevis tendon ruptures because the bone where it attaches is removed. Over time the big toe curls up, which sometimes causes irritation in shoes. A longus rupture is potentially more serious, but can successfully be repaired without long term issue ...Read more
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
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
Many ways: The tendency to develop bunions is hereditary. Often poor biomechanical foot support can lead to malalignments and bunion deformity. Additional causes are excessively tight shoes, trauma, various neurological or developmental conditions. Weaing well fitting supportive shoes and orthotics can prevent progression of deformity. Surgery may be necessary in many cases. ...Read more
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