One of those conditions is Bunions.

Here are our answers to some common questions⁉️⁉️…

A bunion is the term for the bone 🦴 enlargement that protrudes out where your big toe 🦶and foot 👣 meet.

A bunion 🦴 can also form on the outside of the foot 👣 where the little toe 🦶and foot meet.

We’d like to answer ❓a few of the most frequently asked questions ❓about bunions🦴, in case you or someone you know has been wondering.

1. Does wearing the wrong shoes 👟 👞🥿👠cause a bunion🦴❓

Bunions 🦴are almost always hereditary. Narrower shoes 👡👢worn consistently can make the bunion hurt 😖😖more, but do not cause it. If shoes 🥾🥿were the cause, men 🙍🏼‍♂️🙍🏽‍♂️ and children 👶🏼👶🏻 would never get bunions🦴… and they do. Unfortunately, some people 👮🏽‍♂️👷🏼 are just genetically predisposed to this condition.

2. Is there a splint that can correct a bunion🦴❓

There are many splints on the market, but none of them correct a bunion🦴. Nothing will take away the enlarged bone 🦴and make the big toe 🦶straight again other than surgery🧑🏻‍⚕️👨🏽‍⚕️. Wearing a splint may slow down how fast a bunion 🦴grows.

3. 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 is done it’s rare the bunion 🦴will return. The techniques for bunion 🦴correction keep getting better. Also, we recommend shoes 👟👞🥾 with good support and custom orthotics to decrease the chance of a recurrence.

4. When is the best time to have the bunion 🦴removed?

There are a couple of reasons to consider having surgery 🧑🏻‍⚕️👨🏽‍⚕️. The first is when there is pain 😩😩 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 😔. Some small bunions 🦴 hurt a ton. We can advise you as to if or when surgery 👨🏽‍⚕️🧑🏻‍⚕️ is indicated.

5. Will I need crutches 👨🏼‍🦽👩🏽‍🦽 and a cast after surgery🧑🏻‍⚕️?

Crutches, a walker 👩🏽‍🦯 or knee scooter 🛴 is necessary for almost every bunion 🦴 surgery. Keeping pressure off the surgery site will decrease the pain 🥺🥺 and swelling. A walking boot 🥾 is needed in most cases. A fiberglass cast is only needed for a rare form of bunion 🦴correction.

6. When is it safe to start exercising 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️after surgery🤷🏼🤷🏻‍♀️?

The general rule is it takes about 2 months 🗓 to start walking 🚶‍♀️ for exercise 🏃🏽‍♂️or using an elliptical🚴🏼‍♂️🚴🏼‍♀️. It usually takes longer to start jogging 🏃‍♀️again. Some people can use an exercise bike 🚴🏼‍♂️as early as 3 weeks after surgery.

7. What can be done about the pain 😣😩😔besides surgery?

Sometimes we’ll use cortisone to relieve the pain. Custom orthotics are helpful to align the foot better. Of course, wider shoes 👟🥾can be helpful. Ice 🧊 and Ibuprofen have also helped some people.

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all for bunions🦴.

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

Some bunions 🦴can get bigger and more painful 🥺quickly. An x-ray 🎞 will guide us to the best option if this occurs.

If you have had a bunion 🦴that hurts ☹️😖 fairly often, we can advise you on the best course of action.

To Healthy Feet👣,

Dr. Rosales👨🏽‍⚕️
928-774-4825

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