You may need bunion surgery if you have severe foot pain that happens even when walking or wearing flat, comfortable shoes. Surgery may also be needed when chronic big toe inflammation and swelling isnt relieved with rest or medicines.
Is bunion surgery medically necessary?
Note: A bilateral bunionectomy done at the same time generally is not deemed medically necessary unless extenuating circumstances are present. Aetna considers bony correction bunionectomy not medically necessary for the following indications: Foot ulcer(s) secondary to peripheral vascular disease; or.
When should I be concerned about bunions?
Although bunions often require no medical attention, schedule an appointment with your doctor, a podiatrist or orthopedic foot specialist if you have: Persistent big toe or foot pain that interferes with walking or daily activities. An overlap between your big toe and your second toe.