Bunions are more than just a bump on the inside of the foot. They are deformities of the great toe joint (metatarsophalangeal joint) and require a significant amount of thought and consideration to determine the proper procedure to correct them.

There are no non-surgical options to correct a bunion deformity, however there are many tips and tricks that can make a bunion less painful. Just because you have a bunion does not mean that you need surgery. The main reason for surgery is for significant pain or if the deformity is causing problems with the other toes.

Simple things like padding, spacers, and wide toe-box shoes help most people deal with the bunion and go about their daily lives. Sometimes, the pain is too much and surgery can help to fix this problem.

Hundreds of techniques have been described about how to fix bunions, and no one technique fits each patient. Mild bunions may be treated with a "Chevron Bunionectomy," while moderate bunions may benefit from an opening wedge procedure, and more severe bunions may require a crescentic osteotomy or fusion procedure.We have experience in these and other techniques, and when the time comes for surgery, you will receive care that is custom-tailored to your bunion.

Bunion surgery is an outpatient procedure (you go home the same day) that is usually done with a nerve block that keeps you pain-free for 12-24 hours or longer after your surgery.

For most procedures, you can walk on your heel and the outside of your foot, but it does take 6 weeks for the bone procedure to heal and often 3-6 months for all the swelling to go away.

After 6 weeks, you can walk in comfortable shoes or sneakers, and by 3 months most people are getting back to wearing many of their regular shoes.

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This page was last updated: May 2, 2013

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