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A bunion (hallux valgus) is an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint). Medicine will not prevent or cure bunions. But it may relieve pain and inflammation and allow you to do your normal daily activities.
If your toe pain is not severe, you can try nonprescription medicine first, such as:
A bunion (hallux valgus) is an enlargement of bone or tissue around the joint at the base of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint). Bunion surgery generally involves making an incision in the top or side of the big toe joint area and removing or realigning soft tissue and bone. The goals of surgery for bunions are to:
You may have to consider surgery if your bunion results in persistent, severe pain that limits your daily activities or if you have a severe foot deformity.2 For more information on making this decision, see:
Surgery is not recommended if you:
Athletes, children, and people with certain health problems are generally advised to take a conservative, nonsurgical approach when considering bunion treatment.
What To Think About
Joint replacement surgery (implant arthroplasty) is not often done to repair a bunion. If your doctor recommends joint replacement, get a second opinion.
Some issues to consider when deciding about bunion surgery:
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