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How do you treat bunions in kids?

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In brief: Shoe is not growing

If bunions occurs in the kids foot is growing faster than the shoe (if it grows) by changing to bigger shoe will help.

In brief: Shoe is not growing

If bunions occurs in the kids foot is growing faster than the shoe (if it grows) by changing to bigger shoe will help.
Dr. Addagada Rao
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Pediatric bunions or juvenile hallux abducto valgus deformity require a thorough history and clinical examination that includes radiographs to fully evaluate the patient.
Recommendations can range from conservative to surgical. The latter is largely not recommended until growth plates have closed. Conservative measures include orthotics and shoe gear modifications.

In brief: Depends

Pediatric bunions or juvenile hallux abducto valgus deformity require a thorough history and clinical examination that includes radiographs to fully evaluate the patient.
Recommendations can range from conservative to surgical. The latter is largely not recommended until growth plates have closed. Conservative measures include orthotics and shoe gear modifications.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. David Laha
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Good shoes/supports

It depends on a variety of factors.
Surgery may be the best treatment if symptoms and deformity warrant aggressive treatment. Certainly conservative care is the first choice. Despite what you may read, bunions are progressive in nature. The deformity does get worse with time. Good shoes and supports can slow down the progression. Don't ignore the deformity, see your foot care specialists. Dr l.

In brief: Good shoes/supports

It depends on a variety of factors.
Surgery may be the best treatment if symptoms and deformity warrant aggressive treatment. Certainly conservative care is the first choice. Despite what you may read, bunions are progressive in nature. The deformity does get worse with time. Good shoes and supports can slow down the progression. Don't ignore the deformity, see your foot care specialists. Dr l.
Dr. David Laha
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Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually no surgery

Bunions in kids and adults should only be treated if causing pain or functional limitations.
Comfortable shoe wear is an easy first option. Surgical correction in kids can be compromised by open growth plates and in most cases is better left until the bones have finished growing. Don't get talked in to surgery by being told that "if left untreated it will get worse.".

In brief: Usually no surgery

Bunions in kids and adults should only be treated if causing pain or functional limitations.
Comfortable shoe wear is an easy first option. Surgical correction in kids can be compromised by open growth plates and in most cases is better left until the bones have finished growing. Don't get talked in to surgery by being told that "if left untreated it will get worse.".
Dr. Robert Leland
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many options

Treatment options for the management of bunions include conservative and surgical management.
Conservative management options include use of orthotic devices, change in shoe wear, medications such as oral no-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids), steroid injections, padding of corns and calluses, and splinting and strapping.

In brief: Many options

Treatment options for the management of bunions include conservative and surgical management.
Conservative management options include use of orthotic devices, change in shoe wear, medications such as oral no-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids), steroid injections, padding of corns and calluses, and splinting and strapping.
Dr. Payam Rafat
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