We Get a Lot of Questions❓❓About Some of the More Common Foot 👣 Conditions

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👨🏽‍⚕️

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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.