We Get a Lot of Questionsโ“โ“About Some of the More Common Foot ๐Ÿ‘ฃ Conditions

One of those conditions is Bunions.

Here are our answers to some common questionsโ‰๏ธโ‰๏ธโ€ฆ

A bunion is the term for the bone ๐Ÿฆด enlargement that protrudes out where your big toe ๐Ÿฆถand foot ๐Ÿ‘ฃ meet.

A bunion ๐Ÿฆด can also form on the outside of the foot ๐Ÿ‘ฃ where the little toe ๐Ÿฆถand foot meet.

Weโ€™d like to answer โ“a few of the most frequently asked questions โ“about bunions๐Ÿฆด, in case you or someone you know has been wondering.

1. Does wearing the wrong shoes ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ ๐Ÿ‘ž๐Ÿฅฟ๐Ÿ‘ cause a bunion๐Ÿฆดโ“

Bunions ๐Ÿฆดare almost always hereditary. Narrower shoes ๐Ÿ‘ก๐Ÿ‘ขworn consistently can make the bunion hurt ๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜–more, but do not cause it. If shoes ๐Ÿฅพ๐Ÿฅฟwere the cause, men ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ and children ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป would never get bunions๐Ÿฆดโ€ฆ and they do. Unfortunately, some people ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ท๐Ÿผ are just genetically predisposed to this condition.

2. Is there a splint that can correct a bunion๐Ÿฆดโ“

There are many splints on the market, but none of them correct a bunion๐Ÿฆด. Nothing will take away the enlarged bone ๐Ÿฆดand make the big toe ๐Ÿฆถstraight again other than surgery๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€โš•๏ธ. Wearing a splint may slow down how fast a bunion ๐Ÿฆดgrows.

3. I heard a bunion ๐Ÿฆดalways comes back after being removed โ€“ is that true๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผ!

Although itโ€™s possible for a bunion ๐Ÿฆด to recur, when the right procedure is done itโ€™s rare the bunion ๐Ÿฆดwill return. The techniques for bunion ๐Ÿฆดcorrection keep getting better. Also, we recommend shoes ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ‘ž๐Ÿฅพ with good support and custom orthotics to decrease the chance of a recurrence.

4. When is the best time to have the bunion ๐Ÿฆดremoved?

There are a couple of reasons to consider having surgery ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€โš•๏ธ. The first is when there is pain ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ on a daily basis. The second is if the big toe ๐Ÿฆถstarts overlapping the second toe๐Ÿฆถ. The size of the bunion ๐Ÿฆดdoesnโ€™t always correlate with the pain๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ฃ. Some large bunions ๐Ÿฆด rarely hurt ๐Ÿ˜”. Some small bunions ๐Ÿฆด hurt a ton. We can advise you as to if or when surgery ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ is indicated.

5. Will I need crutches ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿฆฝ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿฆฝ and a cast after surgery๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ?

Crutches, a walker ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿฆฏ or knee scooter ๐Ÿ›ด is necessary for almost every bunion ๐Ÿฆด surgery. Keeping pressure off the surgery site will decrease the pain ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿฅบ and swelling. A walking boot ๐Ÿฅพ is needed in most cases. A fiberglass cast is only needed for a rare form of bunion ๐Ÿฆดcorrection.

6. When is it safe to start exercising ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธafter surgery๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ?

The general rule is it takes about 2 months ๐Ÿ—“ to start walking ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ for exercise ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธor using an elliptical๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ. It usually takes longer to start jogging ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธagain. Some people can use an exercise bike ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธas early as 3 weeks after surgery.

7. What can be done about the pain ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜”besides surgery?

Sometimes weโ€™ll use cortisone to relieve the pain. Custom orthotics are helpful to align the foot better. Of course, wider shoes ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿฅพcan be helpful. Ice ๐ŸงŠ and Ibuprofen have also helped some people.

There isnโ€™t a one-size-fits-all for bunions๐Ÿฆด.

We recommend a non-surgical approach to bunions, like we do for all foot conditions, for as long as possible.

Some bunions ๐Ÿฆดcan get bigger and more painful ๐Ÿฅบquickly. An x-ray ๐ŸŽž will guide us to the best option if this occurs.

If you have had a bunion ๐Ÿฆดthat hurts โ˜น๏ธ๐Ÿ˜– fairly often, we can advise you on the best course of action.

To Healthy Feet๐Ÿ‘ฃ,

Dr. Rosales๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€โš•๏ธ

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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.