Accurate Diagnosis for Effective Bunion Treatment
- Inspect your foot for visible signs of a bunion, such as redness, swelling, or a prominent bump at the base of the big toe.
- Evaluate your foot’s range of motion, particularly in the big toe joint.
- Assess the alignment of your toes and the presence of any calluses or corns.
- Check for signs of pain or discomfort when you walk or move your foot.
- X-rays: These images can reveal the severity of the bunion, the degree of misalignment, and any changes in the joint or surrounding bones.
- 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.
Stages of Bunions
- Stage 1: Mild bunion with minimal pain and a slight bump at the base of the big toe.
- Stage 2: Moderate bunion with increasing pain, swelling, and a more pronounced bump.
- 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.
- Stage 4: Very severe bunion with extreme pain, restricted mobility, and a severely deformed foot.
Bunion Treatment FAQ
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: 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: 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.