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Doctor insights on: Toe Exercises After Bunion Surgery

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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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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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I have a bunion near my little toe and it hurts. How about surgery?

I have a bunion near my little toe and it hurts. How about surgery?

Tailor's bunion: Sounds like you have a tailor's bunion. This is a structural deformity. Wider, supportive shoes can help, but surgical correction may be needed. This procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis. See your foot surgeon. Dr l. ...Read more

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Will I walk normally after a toe realignment? If I have a toe realignment surgery for a bunion, will I be able to walk normally afterwards? .

Will I walk normally after a toe realignment? If I have a toe realignment surgery for a bunion, will I be able to walk normally afterwards? .

You should....: You can reasonably expect to walk normally after bunion surgery. Don't rush things and listen to the post-op instructions given by your surgeon. ...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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Considering 2nd toe amputation instead of bunion surgery to include shortening 2nd and 3rd toes. What are the negatives? Will bunion become worse?

Considering 2nd toe amputation instead of bunion surgery to include shortening 2nd and 3rd toes. What are the negatives? Will bunion become worse?

Surgical repair: My usual tendency would be to surgically repair verses amputation. in very severe cases I will recommend amputation, but this is very rare. With amputation you will continue to have progression of the bunion and hammertoes and deviation to the 3rd, 4th, and 4th toes. The amputation can also lead to increased pressure under certain bones in the ball area of the foot.
Hope this helps.
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How long after bunion surgery before my toe joint is completely healed?

Depends: It depends on the procedure performed. Could be up to 1 year. ...Read more

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Is it normal for the tip of my big toe to be throbbing after having bunion surgery?

Is it normal for the tip of my big toe to be throbbing after having bunion surgery?

I think it is: Very important for a patient to be able to communicate with their surgeon. Do not be afraid to call your surgeon. I, personally, would rather you as my patient call me and ask me these questions then seek answers elsewhere...So, while I may agree with answers provided, call your doc and relay your concerns. A good doctor will be more than happy to answer your questions. ...Read more

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I had bunion surgery march 6 I did physical work which required standing for an hour why did my foot and toe hurt?

I had bunion surgery march 6 I did physical work which required standing for an hour why did my foot and toe hurt?

Previous surgery?: Pain from an operation can come and go for years, and is normal. As long as it is not too severe, or limit your activity, it doesn't sound like cause for concern. If it gets worse, see your surgeon for a more complete evaluation. ...Read more

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I had a bunion surgery in july and my toe is still extremely painful. Should I go back to my doctor that did the surgery.?

I had a bunion surgery in july and my toe is still extremely painful. Should I go back to my doctor that did the surgery.?

Yes: Have doctor evaluate and answer any questions you have. You will also get guidance and recommendations. ...Read more

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I have a large ganglion cyst on large toe, previous surgery to toe, ceilectomy? Was performed, now appears to have bunion also, what to do?

You can try: Having it drained by a doctor the cyst) they do have a propensity to come back as they usually arise from a tendon sheath or the joint and open surgery may be necessary. With regards to a bunion, that would depend on if you have pain to decide what to do with it.,, ...Read more

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My big toe is crossing over my second toe. I got told this may be a bunion. I am only 17. I experience no pain from it. Do I need a surgery?  

Think it Over.: Your description certainly sounds like a bunion to me. Whether or not you have it removed is entirely up to you. The usual reasons include pain, either with or without shoes. Some times the ability to even buy shoes is a problem. Believe it or not, but, people even have them removed because they don't like the way they look. My advice is to have them removed when you are ready and well informed. ...Read more

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I have a bunion and brachymetatarsia of 2nd toe. Moderate pain, balance issues. Worried about issues later in life. When to consider surgery? I'm 41.

I have a bunion and brachymetatarsia of 2nd toe. Moderate pain, balance issues. Worried about issues later in life. When to consider surgery? I'm 41.

Surgical Planning: Surgery consideration for brachymetatarsia and bunion correction takes some planning. If you have worsening symptoms and have exhausted all conservative treatments your next step may be an operation. Discuss with your doctor all options thoroughly. ...Read more

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I have unions but being 75 I hate to go for operstion-big toe is not straight due to I'm sure bunion-anythg u can suggest 2 correct this wout surgery?

I have unions but being 75 I hate to go for operstion-big toe is not straight due to I'm sure bunion-anythg u can suggest 2 correct this wout surgery?

Examination needed: You need to be examined by Podiatrist before options can be given. Please make an appointment for baseline x-Rays and physical exam, so you can be given options that are real. Such as orthotics, exercise program or you just have to change your shoe style, if surgery is not an option. ...Read more

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Can surgical screws come loose? I have a screw in my big toe from a surgery to fix my dislocated big toe and bunion. I feel pain and grating lately.

Can surgical screws come loose? I have a screw in my big toe from a surgery to fix my dislocated big toe and bunion. I feel pain and grating lately.

YES: THEY COULD BECOME LOOSE. IF YOU FEEL PAIN YOU SHOULD SEE YOUR SURGEON ASAP. GET IT REMOVED OR REPLACED IF NEEDED. ...Read more

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Bunion surgery. I've been told to heel walk but it hurts the top of my big toe when I do. Why?

Bunion surgery. I've been told to heel walk but it hurts the top of my big toe when I do. Why?

Strain: You are exerting too much pressure on the tendon on top of your toe. You can try and use crutches to assist you in getting around for brief periods of time. Speak with your surgeon regarding your discomfort. ...Read more

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I had bunion surgery on my right toe why does my leg hurt right up to my knee. It hurts even when I elevate it?

Possible...?: You need to collect and record when you had bunion surgery, how soon you began right knee hurting, etc. Then, bring those information to see your surgeon. But of no doubt, pain signals something chemically or mechanically irritating local or regional nerve-endings or nerve fibers. But is it related with bunion surgery? Or just coincided? Known to us, diabetic neuropathy is relatively common. So, . . ...Read more

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I had bunion surgery & the toe next to my big to don't lay straight due to the way I held my foot after surgery. Can I tape it?

Taping: Yes, but you should consult with your surgeon not just for how to do that but because it could be a different problem. ...Read more

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Have bad left foot due to bunion/awaiting surgery on it. Now rt foot hurts, top of foot/2nd toe. Related?

Have bad left foot due to bunion/awaiting surgery on it. Now rt foot hurts, top of foot/2nd toe. Related?

Probably: It might be because of an altered gait. When one foot is hurting, you start putting more weight on the other foot, causing problems in the "healthy" foot. ...Read more

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Podiatry question: is there anything I can do, short of surgery, for big-toe-bunions? Please e-mail me if you are so kind as to answer this question: [email address removed by avvo]

Podiatry question: is there anything I can do, short of surgery, for big-toe-bunions? Please e-mail me if you are so kind as to answer this question: [email address removed by avvo]

Treating bunions: There is no conservative treatment that will correct a bunion--so called bunion correction splints may ease some symptoms but will not "train" the toe to go straight. Wider shoes, a toe spacer, and tube foam are the most common ways to treat the pain and discomfort. Try those things to see if you can put off surgery for a while (or avoid it altogether!). ...Read more

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I have pins in my feet from bunion surgery from 10 yrs ago. Yesterday I jammed my toe. Now I have a bruise and swelling around the scar. Is it the pin?

I have pins in my feet from bunion surgery from 10 yrs ago. Yesterday I jammed my toe. Now I have a bruise and swelling around the scar. Is it the pin?

If they have not-: -been a problem 4 10yrs I would think not. All should B well healed. If U have an eval with imaging, by an orthopedic surgeon, U can find the answer. ...Read more

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How to remove a bunion on my foot without surgery?

You really can't....: Bunions are a bony deformity and can't really be corrected without surgery. ...Read more

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What will they put on my foot after bunion surgery?

What will they put on my foot after bunion surgery?

Different options: Depending on the type of surgery, you may get a surgical shoe, splint, rigid walking boot, and will possibly need to use crutches. ...Read more

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Bunion surgery, now pain in ball of foot. What next?

See you doctor.: There can many causes of pain in th ball after bunion surgery. Sometime the parabola of the foot is abnormal after surgery (the way metatarsal are aligned). I would see your doctor and try an orthotic to try and rebalance the foot. ...Read more

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Bunion surgery 2 years ago, now pain in ball of foot?

Bunion surgery 2 years ago, now pain in ball of foot?

Transfer metarsalgia: If the pain is under the 2nd met head (under ball of 2nd toe), this pain may come from overload of this bone. This can occur because bunion surgery often shortens the big toe none a little bit. If under 1st toe, may e some arthritic change. Best idea is to return to your doc for a check. ...Read more

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What to do about foot pain 10 weeks after bunion surgery?

MINIMAL PAIN: Is the pain at the surgical site? By now, post-op pain should be 0 or 1, maybe 2/10 at most. Can be controlled with NSAID's. No narcotic analgesics. Talk to your surgeon to see if they feel everything is progressing as it should. ...Read more

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Bunion surgery 2 years ago, now pain in ball of foot, why is this?

See below: It could be that your weight and pressure have been shifted to the area under your other toes.
See your podiatrist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Should I continue using crutches after bunion surgery. Should I keep my foot elevated?

Should I continue using crutches after bunion surgery. Should I keep my foot elevated?

SO MUCH.....: Depends on exactly what type of bunion surgery you had performed. I (personally) rarely have my patients use crutches after bunion surgery. Elevation is always good, however. ...Read more

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