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Bunion Diagnosis: A Comprehensive Approach to Identifying and Assessing Your Bunion

Ensuring Accurate Diagnosis and Tailored Treatment Plans for Bunion Patients


Accurate Diagnosis for Effective Bunion Treatment

At Foot & Ankle Clinic, we understand the importance of an accurate diagnosis in devising an effective treatment plan. Our comprehensive diagnostic approach includes a detailed physical examination, advanced imaging tests, and a thorough assessment of the stages of bunions. By identifying the severity of your bunion and its underlying causes, our team of experts can provide you with the best possible care and treatment.
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Physical Examination

Dr Ken Jin will conduct a thorough physical examination to assess the condition of your foot. During the examination, he will:
  1. Inspect your foot for visible signs of a bunion, such as redness, swelling, or a prominent bump at the base of the big toe.
  2. Evaluate your foot’s range of motion, particularly in the big toe joint.
  3. Assess the alignment of your toes and the presence of any calluses or corns.
  4. Check for signs of pain or discomfort when you walk or move your foot.
This physical examination helps our doctor to understand the extent of your bunion and its impact on your daily life.

Imaging Tests

To obtain a more detailed understanding of your bunion, Dr Ken Jin may recommend imaging tests such as:
  1. X-rays: These images can reveal the severity of the bunion, the degree of misalignment, and any changes in the joint or surrounding bones.
  2. MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): Although not commonly used for bunions, MRI may be recommended to assess soft tissue damage or other related foot issues in specific cases.
Imaging tests provide us with valuable information to determine the most effective treatment approach for your specific condition.

Stages of Bunions

Bunions are typically classified into four stages based on their severity:
  1. Stage 1: Mild bunion with minimal pain and a slight bump at the base of the big toe.
  2. Stage 2: Moderate bunion with increasing pain, swelling, and a more pronounced bump.
  3. Stage 3: Severe bunion with significant pain, limited joint mobility, and a large bump that may cause the big toe to overlap the second toe.
  4. Stage 4: Very severe bunion with extreme pain, restricted mobility, and a severely deformed foot.
By determining the stage of your bunion, our experts can create a personalized treatment plan that addresses the specific needs of your condition and ensures optimal results.

Bunion Treatment FAQ

A: Bunion surgery usually takes between 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure and the specific surgical technique used. Minimally invasive bunion surgery tends to be quicker than traditional open surgery.

A: Bunion Surgery Recovery time varies depending on the type of bunion surgery performed and individual factors. Patients can often return to normal activities within 3-6 weeks for minimally invasive bunion surgery. Traditional bunion surgery may require 6-12 weeks for a full recovery. Your surgeon will provide a personalized recovery timeline based on your specific procedure and needs.

A: Most patients will need to wear a special surgical shoe, boot, or cast for several weeks following bunion surgery. This protective footwear helps to stabilize the foot, reduce pressure on the surgical site, and promote proper healing.

A: During the bunion surgery, you will be under anaesthesia and feel no pain. Postoperative pain can vary, but most patients experience moderate discomfort that can be managed with prescribed pain medications and proper postoperative care. Minimally invasive bunion surgery often results in less postoperative pain compared to traditional open surgery.

A: While bunion surgery aims to correct the underlying problem and provide long-lasting relief, there is a chance that bunions may return in some cases. Recurrence can be due to improper surgical technique, failure to address the root cause, or not following postoperative instructions. Choosing an experienced surgeon and adhering to postoperative care guidelines can help minimize the risk of bunion recurrence.
A: The timeline for wearing regular shoes after bunion surgery depends on the type of procedure and your individual healing progress. Generally, patients can transition back to regular shoes within 4-8 weeks following surgery. Your surgeon will monitor your progress and provide specific guidance based on your recovery.
A: As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with bunion surgery. These may include infection, blood clots, nerve damage, delayed healing, or recurrence of the bunion. Choosing an experienced surgeon and following postoperative care instructions can help minimize these risks.

A: Most health insurance plans in Singapore cover medically necessary bunion surgery, but coverage may vary depending on your specific plan and the type of procedure performed. It’s essential to consult with your insurance provider to determine your coverage and any out-of-pocket costs you may incur.

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