At Your Appointment

Bunion Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • What kind of shoes do you wear on a typical day?
  • Have you ever had problems with bunions before?
  • Do you have any other medical conditions, including any form of arthritis?
  • Are you getting any relief with medications and changes in your footwear?
  • What type of physical activities or exercise routine do you follow?
  • When did you first notice problems with your foot?
  • Are you having pain in your foot? Where exactly? How does it adversely affect everyday life?
  • Is the pain constant or does it come and go?
  • Can you move your toes or do you feel like movement is restricted?
  • Does anything make your symptoms better or worse?
  • Does anyone in your family have bunions?
  • How long have you been taking an NSAID for bunion pain?
  • What treatments have you tried so far? How successful have they been?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Are you ready to consider surgery to correct your bunion?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have bunions?
  • What factors contribute to developing bunions?
  • What treatments are available for bunions?
  • Should I see an orthopedic surgeon or other specialist?
  • What changes to my footwear do I need to make?
  • What treatment do you recommend for my bunion?
  • Do I need custom orthotics?
  • Is there any way keep my bunions from worsening?
  • When do you recommend surgery to correct a bunion?
  • Can bunions recur? How can I prevent a recurrence?
  • How long is it safe to take an NSAID for my bunion pain?
  • Could my new or different symptoms be related to my bunion?
  • How do you diagnose bunions?
  • Is surgery necessary for my bunion at this time?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 27
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Bunions. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/bunions/
  2. Bunions. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bunions/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354805