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When conservative treatment does not provide satisfactory relief from symptoms, or when the condition interferes with your activities, surgery may be necessary.
Q: What exactly are bunions? A: Bunions are bony protrusions that form on the joint at the base of the big toe, often causing pain and discomfort.
Q: Are bunions hereditary? A: Yes, genetics can play a significant role in the development of bunions. If bunions run in your family, you may have an increased risk.
Q: Can bunions be treated without surgery? A: Absolutely. Non-surgical options like specialized footwear, orthotic inserts, and exercises can help manage bunions and alleviate discomfort.
Q: When should I consider bunion surgery? A: Bunion surgery may be recommended if conservative treatments fail to provide relief or if the bunion severely impacts your daily life.
Q: Can wearing the right shoes prevent bunions? A: Yes, choosing shoes with proper arch support and a roomy toe box can reduce the risk of bunions and ease existing discomfort.
Q: How long is the recovery period after bunion surgery? A: Recovery time varies, but most people can expect several weeks to months for full recovery after bunion surgery.
Q: Are there exercises that can help with bunions? A: Yes, certain exercises can strengthen the muscles around the affected area and improve overall foot health, potentially reducing bunion-related discomfort.
Q: Can bunions lead to other foot problems? A: Yes, untreated bunions can potentially contribute to other foot issues, such as hammertoes or corns.
Q: Can I still lead an active lifestyle with bunions? A: Absolutely. With proper care, footwear choices, and possibly modifications to your exercise routine, you can maintain an active lifestyle while managing bunions.
Q: What are some practical tips for preventing bunions? A: Tips include wearing comfortable shoes, avoiding high heels, maintaining a healthy weight, and being mindful of your foot structure and shoe fit.