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What are bunions and can they go away on their own?


A bunion is a deformity of the big toe where it drifts or deviates outwards and towards the second toe. As a result, a bony bump forms at the base of the big toe. Over time, this bump can become inflamed and painful. While there are many causes of bunions, tight narrow shoes and a positive family history are two of the most common.

In addition to causing pain, bunions can make it difficult to put on shoes – and find the right shoes at all. Bunions can also affect mobility and lead to calluses elsewhere on the foot.

Unfortunat­ely, bunions do not go away on their own. In fact, they tend to worsen over time. While conservati­ve treatment like anti-inflammato­ry medication, bunion splints and pads can help relieve the pain, it does not correct the deformity – nor does it slow down its progressio­n.

Early bunion correction via an innovative “keyhole” method, which we offer at The Bone & Joint Centre, has been shown to improve outcomes, as compared to late interventi­on with open traditiona­l surgery. The advantages of this technique include less post-operative pain and wound complicati­ons. However, this can only be done for early-stage mild to moderate deformitie­s. Once the bunion is at the severe stage, open surgery is preferred, though it is more painful and has a higher risk of wound complicati­ons. Therefore, an early assessment for symptomati­c bunions is recommende­d.

The Bone & Joint Centre

#14-15 Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, 3 Mount Elizabeth

9898 7781 | bjc.sg

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Dr Kevin Koo Director and consultant orthopaedi­c surgeon

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