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Bunionectomy With Fusion Risks -- Toe in the Wrong Position

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Presentation: Bunionectomy With Fusion
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An abnormal toe position occurs in 5 to 7 out of 100 patients after this procedure. Several factors will determine the treatment options available. If the position is mildly abnormal, no treatment is needed. But, if the joint continues to cause you pain or the angle is too severe, a repeat surgical procedure may be necessary to reposition the toe.
One cause of an abnormal toe position is malunion. Malunion refers to the healing of the fusion in the wrong position. This wrong position can shift your body weight to other parts of your foot during walking which can cause problems. Treatment for this varies depending on the malunion. Your doctor will discuss these with you if necessary. It is possible that a surgery may be needed to treat the malunion.

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