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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.
  • 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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Last Review Date: 2018 Dec 27
  1. Bunions. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
  2. Bunions. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

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