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Why Is Bunionectomy With Fusion Recommended?

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Presentation: Bunionectomy With Fusion
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Based on your past medical history, physical exam and current symptoms your doctor is recommending bunion surgery. The goal of this surgery is to help relieve foot pain.
A bunion is one of the most common problems of the big toe, more commonly affecting women. Bunions change the shape of your foot and cause pain. As the bunion deformity gets worse, it can cause many other foot problems, such as hammertoes and painful calluses on the bottom of the foot. Because the big toe is so critical to movement, any problem with it can make walking or even standing painful.
Your doctor has probably already performed x-rays of your feet. These x-rays allow your doctor to evaluate your joints and the angle between your big toe and the bone leading to it. Based on the degree of deformity and/or the arthritis in this joint, your doctor has recommended a fusion of the joint. During this presentation, we will explain what this means and how it is done. In general, a fusion causes the bones on both sides of your joint to grow together forming one bone. When this is done, the toe is placed in the corrected position and allowed to heal. In most cases, this eliminates the pain associated with the arthritic joint, as well as on the bunion area.
At this time, your doctor feels that a fusion is appropriate for your individual situation.

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