Bunions Are a Common Foot πŸ‘£ Condition that We Get a lot of Questions About

A bunion is a bone 🦴 enlargement that protrudes outward where your big toe 🦢and foot πŸ‘£meet. It can also form on the outside of the footπŸ‘£, where the little toe 🦢and foot πŸ‘£meet.

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about bunions🦴:

Does wearing the wrong shoes πŸ‘žπŸ‘ŸπŸ₯ΎπŸ‘ πŸ‘‘πŸ‘’cause a bunion🦴?

Bunions 🦴 are almost always hereditary. Narrower shoes πŸ‘  worn consistently can make the bunion 🦴 hurt more, but do not cause it. Unfortunately, some people are just genetically predisposed to this condition.

Can a splint correct a bunion🦴?

Unfortunately, no. Splints cannot take away the enlarged bone 🦴 and make the big toe 🦢straight again – only surgery πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€βš•οΈπŸ§‘πŸ»β€βš•οΈπŸ‘©πŸ»β€βš•οΈ can do this. Wearing a splint, however, may slow down how fast a bunion 🦴 grows.

I heard a bunion 🦴 always comes back after being removed – is that true?

Although it’s possible for a bunion 🦴 to recur, when the right procedure πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€βš•οΈπŸ‘©πŸ»β€βš•οΈπŸ§‘πŸ»β€βš•οΈ is done it is rare the bunion 🦴 will return. The techniques for surgical 🏩 bunion 🦴correction keep getting better. We also recommend shoes πŸ‘Ÿ with good support and custom orthotics to decrease the chance of a recurrence.

When is the best time to have a bunion 🦴removed?

There are two possible signs that it’s time to consider having surgery πŸ‘¨πŸ½β€βš•οΈπŸ§‘πŸ»β€βš•οΈπŸ‘©πŸ»β€βš•οΈ. The first is when there is pain πŸ˜«πŸ˜–πŸ˜£πŸ₯Ί on a daily basis. The second is if the big toe 🦢starts overlapping the second toe🦢. The size of the bunion 🦴doesn’t always correlate with the pain 😩😩– some large bunions 🦴rarely hurt😣, and some small bunions 🦴hurt πŸ₯Ίa ton. We are here to advise you whether and when surgery πŸ§‘πŸ»β€βš•οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€βš•οΈπŸ‘©πŸ»β€βš•οΈis indicated.

Will I need crutches and a cast after bunion 🦴surgeryπŸ§‘πŸ»β€βš•οΈπŸ‘©πŸ»β€βš•οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€βš•οΈ?

Keeping pressure off the surgery πŸ§‘πŸ»β€βš•οΈπŸ‘©πŸ»β€βš•οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€βš•οΈ site will decrease the pain πŸ˜–πŸ˜©πŸ˜£πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜« and swelling. Either crutches, a walker, or a knee scooter are necessary after almost every bunion 🦴surgery. A fiberglass cast is only needed for a rare form of bunion 🦴correction; a walking boot is needed in most cases.

When is it safe to start exercising πŸƒπŸ½ after surgery?

The general rule is that it takes about 2 months πŸ“†to begin walking 🚢 or using an elliptical for exercise. It usually takes longer to start jogging πŸƒπŸ½ again. Some people can use an exercise bike 🚴 as early as 3 weeks πŸ“† after surgeryπŸ§‘πŸ»β€βš•οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€βš•οΈπŸ‘©πŸ»β€βš•οΈ.

What can be done to address bunion 🦴 pain other than surgery?

Sometimes we’ll use cortisone to relieve the painπŸ₯ΊπŸ˜–πŸ˜©πŸ˜£. Custom orthotics can help align the foot πŸ‘£ better, and wearing wider shoes πŸ‘ž can help alleviate the painπŸ˜£πŸ˜–πŸ˜©πŸ˜«πŸ₯Ί. Ice 🧊 and ibuprofen have also helped some people.

We recommend a non-surgical πŸ‘©πŸ»β€βš•οΈπŸ§‘πŸ»β€βš•οΈπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€βš•οΈ approach to bunions 🦴 for as long as possible, as we do for all foot πŸ‘£ conditions. However, some bunions 🦴can get bigger and more painful πŸ˜«πŸ˜£πŸ˜©πŸ˜–πŸ₯Ί quickly. An x-ray will guide us to the best option if this occurs.

As you can see, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all for addressing bunions🦴. If you have a bunion 🦴 that hurts fairly often, you can always schedule an appointment with us. We’ll be happy to advise you on the best course of action.

To healthy feetπŸ‘£,

Dr. RosalesπŸ‘¨πŸ½β€βš•οΈ

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The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other podiatry topics, feel free to contact Flagstaff Foot Doctors by clicking here or by calling 928-774-4825.