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Bunionette (Tailor's Bunion) - Patient Education - Orthogate

Bunionette (Tailor's Bunion) - Patient Education - Orthogate

What should I expect after treatment?

Nonsurgical Rehabilitation
Patients with a painful bunionette may benefit from four to sixphysical therapy treatments. Your therapist can offer ideas of shoesthat have a wide forefoot, or toe box. The added space in thispart of the shoe keeps the metatarsals from getting squeezed inside theshoe. A special pad can also be placed over the bunionette.

These simple changes to your footwear may allow you to resume normalwalking immediately, but you should probably cut back on more vigorousactivities for several weeks to allow the inflammation and pain tosubside.

Treatments directed to the painful area help control pain andswelling. Examples include ultrasound, moist heat, and soft-tissuemassage. Therapy sessions sometimes include iontophoresis,which uses a mild electrical current to push anti-inflammatory medicineto the sore area. This treatment is especially helpful for patients whocan't tolerate injections.

After Surgery
Patients are usually fitted with a post-op shoe. This shoehas a stiff, wooden sole that protects the toes by keeping the footfrom bending. Any pins are usually removed after the bone begins tomend (usually three or four weeks). You will probably need crutchesbriefly after surgery, and a therapist may be consulted to help you useyour crutches.

You will probably wear a bandage or dressing for about a weekfollowing the procedure. The stitches are generally removed in 10 to 14days. However, if your surgeon chose to use sutures that dissolve, youwon't need to have the stitches taken out.

During your follow-up visits, X-rays will probably be taken so thatthe surgeon can follow the healing of the bones and determine how muchcorrection has been achieved.

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