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Foot surgery generally is not advised for athletes (anyone
participating in sports or fitness activities) who can still comfortably
continue their sports. You may want to try nonsurgical treatments such as:
pain begins to limit your activities, you may want to consider surgery.
Some children begin developing bunions before the age of 10.
Surgery may be appropriate for children and teens who have pain or limited
activity that persists despite nonsurgical treatment. It is as important for
youths as it is for adults that the surgeon has experience doing various types
of bunion surgery on a regular basis and can choose a procedure that will best
treat the child's specific type of bunion or toe deformity.
A pediatric specialist is trained to diagnose and treat the child's
rapidly changing body, which is very different from the developed adult body.
Some podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons specialize in children's foot
deformities and surgery.
If you have health problems such as
gout, neuromuscular disorders (such as
muscular dystrophy), or circulatory problems that
limit blood flow to your feet, discuss the risks of surgery with your health
professional. These and other conditions increase the chance of complications
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Gavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
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