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Shopping for Shoes
Bunions, particularly those that affect teenagers, are most often managed by switching to shoes that fit properly and don't compress the toes. Your child's orthopedic surgeon can give you information about proper shoe fit and the types of shoes that would work best for you. The following are some general rules to follow when selecting shoes for your teenager:
Stretching the areas that put pressure on your child's toes can modify some shoes. Your child's orthopedic surgeon may recommend splints to reposition the big toe and orthotics (special shoe inserts shaped to your feet) to help relieve pain.
Your child should wear these shoes at all times, or else risk the bunions coming back.
Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Does my child need surgery?
Surgery is not recommended for teenagers with bunions unless your child experiences sever foot pain that limits everyday activities, and if that pain won't subside with non-operative measures, such as shoe modification and the use of an orthotic.
Surgery for cosmetic reasons alone is not recommended.
There are a number of different types of surgical procedures used to treat bunions. All of the following more common procedures are aimed at relieving pain and correcting the deformity:
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