Universal FootCare

Bunion Surgery

Suffering from a painful and uncomfortable bunion?

We know that living with bunions can be life-changing, difficult, and above all else, painful. During a comprehensive one-on-one consultation, we’ll identify the exact root of your problem by analyzing the way you walk and stand. We’ll also look at what type of shoes you wear on a daily basis, and pinpoint the exact area you’re experiencing pain so we can address it immediately. By utilizing X-rays and cutting-edge technology and procedures, we provide a targeted treatment that will put you back on the path to pain-free mobility.

Treatment Options

Symptom foot pain and numbness in feet of adult women or ache from bunion disease or plantar

Symptoms

Inflammation and pain or discomfort while walking with certain shoes (high heels or tight-fitting ones chief among them). The distinctive red bump may become swollen and ache when aggravated due to certain types of footwear as well.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is a painful, bony deformity that protrudes from the inside of a patient’s foot at the joint of their big toe. Bunions develop slowly and occur when the bone structure of the big toe has been altered, leading to the characteristically painful red bump. The alteration of the big toe bone structure happens when the bones that make up its middle joint (the metatarsophalangeal or MTP) become misaligned. A severe bunion may force the big toe to be pointed directly at the other toes of the foot and can be exacerbated by tight-fitting footwear.

Osteopath assessing a hallux valgus
  • Shield the bunion with a protective gel pad or moleskin, which we can help you obtain
  • Utilize shoe inserts to help properly align your foot. These inserts can be prescribed via our clinic, or more generic ones can be bought over-the-counter
  • After consultation with our clinic, we can provide a splint that keeps your big toe straight while sleeping at night
  • Ultrasound, ice packs, warm compress, and massage may alleviate pain or discomfort
  • Anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen can help reduce swelling
  • Wear footwear that provides ample space within the toe area of the shoe

FAQ

Bone takes 6-8 weeks to heal after surgery, which allows most patients to return to normal shoes in 6 weeks and resume more aggressive exercising at the 12-week point. Due to advanced hardware and improved surgical techniques, bunion correction is an effective way to alleviate pain associated with bunions and allow you to return to your extracurricular activities within a relatively short period of time.

Conservative care can slow down the progression of a bunion and should always be attempted first. However, only surgical correction can permanently fix this condition. Eventually, a mild bunion deformity will progress into a moderate to severely sized bunion.

In most cases, the answer is yes and much more comfortably than before surgery. There are many pumps and dress shoes that could be worn if it weren’t for the bump on the inside contour of the foot. With bunion surgery, the width of the foot will be reduced as the great toe joint is aligned, which will also allow for greater motion of the toe.

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