What You Need to Know If You’ve Had Enough of Your Bunion

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Oct 23, 2014 9:00:00 AM

need to know - bunion surgeryIt’s been a long day. It started with missing your train and instead having to walk the extra 10 blocks to work. In your heels…your really high heels with the pointed toes. You now remember why you don’t wear them very often. Then you had to stand and make a presentation for way too long. Finally, you get off work in time to take a run before spending the rest of the evening researching, only to experience the worst foot pain – especially on your big toe. When you get home, you realize your high heels aggravated your bunion. Stupid bump! You’ve had enough of your bunion. If you want it gone NOW you’re ready to learn about bunion surgery. Here’s a quick fact sheet just for you.

What is a bunion?

A bunion is basically a bone deformity that shows up as a bump on your big toe. It forms on the joint at the base of your big toe, and is caused by your big toe pushing up against your other toes, forcing the big toe joint in the opposite direction. 

What causes a bunion?

It’s caused by foot biomechanics that are inherited from your family. Sometimes a bunion is harmless, but it becomes a major foot problem and can be very painful when you consistently wear narrow shoes that aggravate the condition (like high heels!).

Who gets bunions?

Bunions are hereditary, but are more common in women than in men, mostly because of the high heel factor. That being said, bunions can show up at any age and doing any activity. Young, old, athlete, dancer, male or female.

How are bunions treated?

Since a bunion is actually a bone deformity, conservative “treatments” are actually more like “treatments for now” and just manage the pain caused by a bunion. These include:

  • Using protective padding or bandaging to eliminate friction from footwear
  • Being very selective of the shoes you put on your feet
  • Getting fitted for custom orthotics to help stabilize the joint
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatories

Unfortunately, bunions won’t go away on their own and may just continue to get worse.

When would bunion surgery be advised?

The good news is, if you’ve had enough of your bunion you may be a candidate for bunion surgery. It depends on the size of your enlargement, the degree of misalignment of your toe, and how much pain you’re experiencing. The conservative treatments mentioned above can help manage the pain, but can’t eliminate the bunion itself. Once you have a difficult time bearing weight, then bunion surgery may be your best option.

Adler Footcare specializes in minimally invasive bunion surgery that corrects the position of the big toe joint by making a small incision in the foot. It’s an outpatient procedure that results in relieving the pain and stiffness and a quick recovery time.

To learn more about bunion surgery performed by a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare, download the free guide below.

At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: Bunion, Bunion Surgery