Treatments for Bunions
Precision Foot and Ankle believes that conservative care options should always be considered first when treating a bunion.
While a bunion can never be corrected without surgery, there is no need for such a procedure if other forms of treatment can relieve pain, provide comfort, and prevent progression of the shifting joint.
Forms of conservative treatment include:
- Shoe changes – Switching to footwear that is better accommodating of a bunion can go a long way toward relieving pain, pressure, and irritation.
- Padding – Specialized bunion pads can reduce friction against prominent areas, preventing them from rubbing against the inside of a shoe or other toes.
- Orthotic inserts – Custom-made inserts can help distribute pressure more evenly across the foot and prevent excess pressure toward the front of the foot.
- Exercises – In some cases, stretches and exercises that build strength and stability within the toes can help prevent the progression of a bunion.
In typical cases, we prefer trying conservative forms of treatment for at least three months. If these have little or no effect, however, we might then consider surgery as an option.
There are multiple forms of bunion surgery, and the specific procedure performed will depend on one’s condition, lifestyle, and needs.
Different procedures might involve removing or shaving down part of the bone to straighten the toe, removing swollen tissue from around the joint, or performing reconstructive bone alignment. We will be sure to fully discuss all the options, including their pros and cons, with you before making any decisions to move forward.
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