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When is surgery needed to treat bunions?

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Some bunions may need surgery, but only if the symptoms are severe. You shouldn’t get surgery just because you don’t like the way the bunion makes your foot look, because the risks can outweigh the benefits. You’ll want to talk with your doctor about what you can expect and what the recovery will be like. The surgeon can often realign the bone behind your big toe by cutting the ligaments at the joint. For a severe bunion, you may need to have the bone cut in what’s called an osteotomy. The surgeon may need to insert wires or screws to keep the bones in line, and shave off or remove excess bone.

From: What Can I Do About Bunions? WebMD Medical Reference

 

SOURCES: Milton S. Hershey Medical Center College of Medicine. National Health Services Direct (U.K.) PubMed Health: "Bunions."


Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 29, 2019

 

SOURCES: Milton S. Hershey Medical Center College of Medicine. National Health Services Direct (U.K.) PubMed Health: "Bunions."


Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on March 29, 2019

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