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Sometimes, a bony bump forms at the base of your big toe. This bump is known as a bunion. It forms when some bones on your foot move out of place, pulling the big toe towards the other toes while the joint sticks out. If you look at the skin on the bunion, it looks sore and red, making it even harder to wear tight shoes. In such a case, you need bunion surgery.
What Causes Bunions?
Although the causes of bunions are unclear, scientists link them to lifestyle and inherited factors. The main causes of the condition include:
Do You Need Bunion Surgery?
Bunions are among the most common foot disorders in the United States. It is estimated that about 60% of older adults in the US have a foot disorder that meaningfully hampers their ability to move around.
Sometimes, a bunion can be painless and doesn't require surgery. In such a case, you may try other remedies, such as:
However, all these treatments can't correct bunions permanently. As a result, you may consider surgery.
Bunion surgery is recommended if you notice any of the following symptoms:
How is Bunion Surgery Performed?
Before recommending surgery, the doctor may first advise you always to wear well-fitting shoes. You may also be advised to use splints and special shoe inserts to reposition the big toe. If your bunion is caused by arthritis, you may need to take drugs to help reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain.
If all the above treatments don't help, your doctor may recommend surgery. The principal goal of surgery is to correct the deformity and relieve pain. The surgical procedure performed depends on various factors, such as the condition of the bones and the severity of the bunion.
Typically, bunions take three main types:
You may consider bunion surgery if you are experiencing severe foot pain that significantly affects your walking. The surgery relieves pain and pointedly increases your level of physical activity and self-confidence.