How to Fix Bunions and Avoid Foot Surgery

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Jul 3, 2015 9:00:00 AM

feet_propped_up_holiday_dreaming_in_officeIf you’re bothered by bunions on your feet, wouldn’t it be great to find a way to get rid of them without taking drastic measures like foot surgery? You can learn how to fix bunions, or at least manage the pain they are causing, and steer clear of traumatic foot surgery, maybe even indefinitely.

A bunion is a bone deformity that forms on the foot when the toe moves out of place. It’s caused by an enlargement of the joint as the joint moves out of place over time. As this happens, it creates a bump on the toe. When that bump rubs against footwear or feels extra pressure from walking, running, exercising, etc. it creates friction and pain.

Having a bunion on your toe can fall anywhere along the foot pain spectrum, depending on the severity of your foot problem. Usually, the longer you have a bunion the worse it will get, but if you know how to fix bunions so they don’t cause pain, many people find them easy to live with.

Possible Solutions to Manage the Pain

There are many things that you can do to manage the foot pain caused by your bunion that don’t involve a foot surgery procedure.

Changing footwear – It’s important to know that shoes don’t cause bunions, but they could aggravate them. Simply trying a larger shoes size, avoiding high heels and other shoes with a small toe box, and switching to a type of shoe that doesn’t rub against the bunion, may help.

Protective padding – Padding your bunion or using bandaging could help eliminate friction against shoes.

Anti-inflammatories – These can help manage the pain when it’s severe.

Physical therapy – This can help maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis.

Custom orthotics – These custom shoe inserts can help stabilize the joint, correct an irregular walking pattern or correct imbalances in the foot that are putting extra pressure on the bunion.

Other Alternatives

The conservative methods above can help manage the pain caused by bunions, and sometimes this is enough for people so they will never need foot surgery. However, if you really want to know how to fix bunions then foot surgery is your answer.

There is an effective treatment available to help people who suffer with bunions that is different than how you probably imagine a traditional foot surgery for bunions. This treatment is called HyProCure®. It uses a minimally invasive technique – meaning it’s done by making a very small incision – and places a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel bone. This realigns the feet, decreasing the bone growth that leads to the formation of a bunion, and puts less pressure on the bunion.

If you ask a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare how to fix bunions, they will start with a foot assessment to see if you’re a candidate for HyProCure®, which most people are. If you are not a candidate, then other treatments will be considered, such as custom orthotics or minimally invasive bunion surgery.

Adler Footcare is classified as a HyProCure® Center of Excellence, by the Graham International Implant Institute, because of the safety, expertise and experience offered to patients.

If you suffer from bunions, and are visiting or living in the New York area, contact a podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: Bunion, foot surgery