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Why Bunion Surgery Is Recommended?

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Presentation: Bunionectomy
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Based on your past medical history, physical exam and current symptoms your doctor is recommending bunion surgery. The goal of this surgery is to help relieve foot pain. This may be done by simply removing the bunion or by combining the removal with a procedure that straightens the big toe.
A bunion is one of the most common problems of the big toe, more commonly affecting women. In addition to causing pain, a bunion changes the shape of your foot, making it harder to find shoes that fit. As the bunion deformity gets worse, it can cause many other foot problems, such as hammertoes and painful calluses on the bottom of the foot. Because the big toe is so critical to movement, any problem with it can make walking or even standing painful.
There are a variety of operations that can treat a bunion. Your surgeon will perform a physical exam and take x-rays of your feet. These x-rays allow your doctor to evaluate your joints and the angle between the big toe and the bone leading to it. The final procedure your doctor recommends will be largely based on the amount of arthritis in your joint and the various angles measured on the x-rays. At this time, your doctor feels that bunion surgery is appropriate for your individual situation.

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