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How do I know if I need bunion surgery?

9 doctors weighed in
3 doctors agree

In brief: Pain/function/shoes

If you have prolonged pain, limited function or the inability to participate in activities you enjoy or work you do, cannot wear shoes that you want/need to are common reasons.
You may want to try some form of conservative care first to see if this can prevent surgery. Howver, the only way to correct the deformity is with surgery.

In brief: Pain/function/shoes

If you have prolonged pain, limited function or the inability to participate in activities you enjoy or work you do, cannot wear shoes that you want/need to are common reasons.
You may want to try some form of conservative care first to see if this can prevent surgery. Howver, the only way to correct the deformity is with surgery.
Dr. Ronald Oberman
Dr. Ronald Oberman
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3 doctors agree

In brief: If you

Are having pain, inability to wear shoes, or difficult to exercise.
Pain every day, you might want to have the bunion corrected.

In brief: If you

Are having pain, inability to wear shoes, or difficult to exercise.
Pain every day, you might want to have the bunion corrected.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Dr. Alan Ettinger
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2 doctors agree

In brief: You will know

You will know when are getting pains frequently and unable to wear the shoes you want to wear.

In brief: You will know

You will know when are getting pains frequently and unable to wear the shoes you want to wear.
Dr. Addagada Rao
Dr. Addagada Rao
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Personal decision

Possible reasons that people will opt to have surgical management for their bunions may include: pain due to pressure from ill fitting shoes, joint arthritis, inflammation of the joint capsule or bursa, abnormality of joint alignment, and nerve damage.

In brief: Personal decision

Possible reasons that people will opt to have surgical management for their bunions may include: pain due to pressure from ill fitting shoes, joint arthritis, inflammation of the joint capsule or bursa, abnormality of joint alignment, and nerve damage.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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In brief: See

A foot specialist and get x-rays to see.
Golden rule is if it ain't broke don't fix it. Surgery only if painful!

In brief: See

A foot specialist and get x-rays to see.
Golden rule is if it ain't broke don't fix it. Surgery only if painful!
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry

In brief: Daily problems.

You can never get your original foot back with surgery, but if your feet are causing you to change your activities of daily living, or giving you pain on a daily basis, it's time to consider surgery.

In brief: Daily problems.

You can never get your original foot back with surgery, but if your feet are causing you to change your activities of daily living, or giving you pain on a daily basis, it's time to consider surgery.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Dr. Libby Putnam
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