Frequently asked questions about Bunion

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The bunion does not hurt but, do I have to be operated on to prevent it progressing?

There is no relationship between the grade of the deformity of the big toe and the pain. And nor can it be foreseen if deformities will progress nor the speed that this will occur. For this reason, while the deformity is asymptomatic, it is recommended to avoid surgery.

I want the operation to improve the aesthetics of my foot. Is this alright?

Although there is no overall consensus, many surgeons believe that aesthetic surgery is inappropriate. There is a risk of converting a previously painless foot into a painful foot after surgery with an aesthetic aim, and for this reason, it should be avoided.

Can the hallux valgus be treated with laser?

No. Laser is not used. There is percutaneous or minimally invasive surgery that enables procedures to be performed with small incisions.

Will I be able to wear heels after the surgery?

Pointed shoes and heels prevents the foot from functioning normally. For this reason, orthopaedic surgeons do not recommend their habitual use.

Can a bunion appear after I have had the surgery?

The deformities of a hallux valgus can re-appear, however, current surgical techniques have reduced the risk of recurrence.

How long will it take for me to recover?

The recovery time varies between patients, and the surgeries. Furthermore, the term “recovery” depends on the expectations and functional needs of each patient. As a general rule, they can stand and be able to walk from the first day of the surgery. The functional recovery to perform normal activities is usually between 2 and 3 months.

It should be taken into account that some discomfort or swelling may remain for up to 6 months in the case of major surgery, which could involve several metatarsals.

Substantiated information by:

Cristina Casals Crosas
Daniel Poggio Cano
Jessica Martínez Castillejo
Jordi Fluvià Creus

Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018

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