A bunion is an actual bony deformity of the big toe joint and if left untreated will likely lead to painful arthritis. This condition is seen in patients of all ages and conservative and surgical options are available for treatment. In its early stages of development, pain may be subtle with certain activities or shoes, but as it progresses may lead to constant pain that can affect daily living, as well as prevent you from participating in certain activities or wearing certain shoes.

Reasons that a person may develop a bunion can vary; some patients may form bunions due to genetic factors, complications with arthritis, or abnormal foot structure or function. Our podiatrist can evaluate your bunion and offer various conservative and surgical treatment options if necessary. This condition is not a cosmetic problem and is covered by insurance, so we recommend that you visit one of our podiatrist for professional diagnosis and information regarding all your treatment options.

Here are some before and after surgical images!

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Bunions (FAQs)

What are bunions? 
A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe joint. It is considered a deformity, as it changes the shape of the feet, creating a protruding bump on the side of the foot while pushing the big toe towards the smaller toes next to it. Bunions can be painful, red, tender, and stiff. They may restrict the range of motion of the affected toe and tend to develop corns and calluses over the top of the bump. 
What causes bunions?
Bunions may have a variety of potential causes. They may be caused by wearing tight, narrow, ill-fitting shoes over long periods of time or from inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Genetics may also play a role, as some people inherit foot shapes and structures that are more likely to develop bunions. 
How can you stop bunions from getting worse? 
Early detection and treatment is key to slowing or stopping the progression of a bunion. Your podiatrist will likely recommend footwear modifications, such as wearing wider, more comfortable shoes or custom orthotics that support the foot and give the toes room. Special bunion pads can be used to relieve pain and pressure over the bunion, while over-the-counter medications or ice can be used to reduce inflammation. 
Is it possible to remove a bunion? 
Bunions can be permanently removed through a surgical procedure known as a bunionectomy. During this surgery, the doctor may cut, realign, or remove portions of bones, ligaments, and tendons to get rid of the bunion. This is typically an outpatient procedure, which means that you get to go home the same day as the surgery. 

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