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March 11, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Surgery   pain   big toe joint  

A bunion is not actually a growth of bone like the name suggests, but is a sideways buckling of the big toe joint. The first metatarsal which is the bone behind the big toe, splays outwards as the bunion develops, causing the big toe to drift towards the second toe.  Bunions occur primarily due to genetics and inherited foot biomechanics.

A bunion is a structural problem and can only be resolved by surgery, as there are no conservative treatments that can reverse the process. Functional foot orthoses are custom made “arch supports” and are can help in controlling the abnormal big toe joint movement and reducing bunion pain.   

Bunion Surgery may be considered once pain begins to interfere with your activity level and you feel that you are limited due to the pain. The key to bunion surgery is understanding and addressing the reason for the bunion and not just removing the bump. The proper procedure will decrease the risk of the bunion reoccurring as well as other problems developing. For more information, check out our website page Bunion Treatment | Bunion Surgery serving Everett to Seattle!

If your bunions are giving you trouble, please give us a call today!

By Ankle & Foot Clinic
July 02, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Surgery  

Bunion Pain

Characterized by a large, unsightly bump on the side of the big toe joint, bunions signal an underlying deformity in the structure of the foot. Left untreated, bunions may become progressively worse, causing severe discomfort, difficulty walking, redness and swelling.

Treatment options vary with the severity of each bunion. Identifying the deformity early in its development is important in avoiding surgery. Common conservative treatments include rest, ice, padding, orthotics and footwear modifications. Many times a combination of these simple lifestyle changes and non-surgical approaches are enough to relieve the pain and stop the progression of the bunion, although these treatments won’t reverse the actual deformity.

When non-surgical treatments fail to relieve your pain, or your bunion is interfering with normal, daily activities, our office may recommend a bunionectomy, which involves the surgical removal of a bunion to reduce pressure and repair the joint. There are a variety of surgical procedures available to treat bunions. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity by realigning the toe. This is accomplished by removing the bony bump, and restoring normal, pain-free function.  

When Should I Consider Bunion Surgery?

  • Nonsurgical, conservative treatment has failed to relieve your bunion pain
  • Walking or performing normal, everyday tasks is difficult and painful
  • The simple act of wearing shoes causes pain
  • Your big toe joint is constantly swollen

Your age and health may also determine your candidacy for bunion surgery. Your podiatrist will work with you to determine the best treatment for your individual needs. With the surgical removal of bunions, we can relieve your pain and help you return to the activities you enjoy!