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Bunions (cont.)

Questions to Ask the Doctor

The following are important questions to ask the doctor:

  • Is this indeed a bunion, or is it some other disease? It should be noted that a number of other conditions commonly mimic bunions. These include hallux rigidus, bursitis, cysts, fibromas, gout, and arthritis.
  • What caused my bunion? Some causes are foot function in gait (biomechanics), trauma, neuromuscular disease, and ill-fitting shoes.
  • What are options for home care? A number of home-care options are available, including proper shoes, ice packs, cushioning pads, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID) for pain relief.
  • Do I need an operation? What are the benefits and risks of corrective surgery? Bunion surgery is indicated to alleviate pain and/or restore joint and foot function when conservative treatments aren't enough.

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