What is a Bunion?

Many factors can contribute to the formation of a bunion; for instance, heredity, environmental, or structural instability of the foot. The incidence is higher in women vs men (2:1).

Symptoms

Symptoms occurring at the site of the bunion may include:

Bunions can be asymptomatic or symptomatic. The symptoms of a bunion may include a painful bump on the inside of the big toe. The pain may limit or prevent you from preforming your daily activities, or limit certain footwear options.

Nonsurgical Treatment

Sometimes observation of the bunion is all that’s needed. To reduce the chance of damage to the joint, periodic evaluation and x-rays by your surgeon are advised.

In many other cases, however, some type of treatment is needed. Early treatments are aimed at easing the pain of bunions, but they won’t reverse the deformity itself. These include:

When Is Surgery Needed?

If nonsurgical treatments fail to relieve bunion pain and when the pain of a bunion interferes with daily activities, it’s time to discuss surgical options with a foot and ankle surgeon. Together you can decide if surgery is best for you.

A variety of surgical procedures are available to treat bunions. The procedures are designed to remove the “bump” of bone, correct the changes in the bony structure of the foot, and correct soft tissue changes that may also have occurred. The goal of surgery is the reduction of pain and deformity.

In selecting the procedure or combination of procedures for your particular case, the foot and ankle surgeon will take into consideration the extent of your deformity based on the x-ray findings, your age, your activity level, and other factors. The length of the recovery period will vary, depending on the procedure or procedures performed.

It's important to talk about your treatment options with your doctor early on. If you are suffering from painful bunions or have any questions concerning bunions, call our office at (949) 364-2525.

Author
Han N. Nguyen, DPM Dr. Han Nguyen specializes in both the surgical and conservative treatment of the foot and ankle. She graduated from Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She then proceeded to obtain her doctorate degree from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in North Chicago, Illinois. She was in the top 10 percent of her graduating class. Dr. Nguyen went on to complete a 3-year integrated Podiatric Medicine and Surgery residency with added credential in Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle surgery at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. During residency she rescued her beloved dog name, Meepo. They have been inseparable ever since. In her free time she enjoys cooking and baking for her friends and family. She loves outdoor recreational activities such as road biking, hiking, and running. She took part in the OC half marathon. Han Nguyen DPM, AACFAS Board Qualified Foot & Ankle Surgeon Aloha Foot and Ankle Associates, Inc. Phone (949) 364-2525

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