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Treatment: Bunion Surgery

Surgery to treat a bunion is aimed at correcting the underlying bone deformity, known as hallux valgus. One common type of surgical procedure used to treat a bunion involves reshaping and realigning the deformed bone at the base of the big toe. The operation is performed under general anaesthesia and may require a brief stay in hospital. Normal activity can usually be resumed about 6 weeks after surgery.

Before surgery

The big toe is turned towards the other toes. The bone has become obviously deformed, and the soft tissue around it has thickened, forming a painful bunion.

After surgery

The protruding part of the bone has been removed and a V-shaped cut made in the lower part of the bone. The big toe is straight due to realignment of the bone.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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