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How Podiatrists Treat Bunions

Podiatrists, or foot doctors, can take different approaches to treating bunions, which are structural deformities of the joint at the base of the big toe. This condition not only can cause pain but may also lead to a cascade of secondary foot problems, affecting mobility and quality of life. Initial treatment strategies may include non-invasive interventions aimed at alleviating symptoms and halting the progression of the deformity. Possible strategies include the use of custom orthotics designed to redistribute pressure away from the affected joint, targeted exercises to maintain joint mobility, and advice on appropriate footwear that accommodates the bunion without exacerbating discomfort. In more severe cases, podiatrists may recommend surgical intervention. This surgery, known as a bunionectomy, involves realigning the toe by correcting the abnormal angle of the bones, addressing the issue both cosmetically and functionally. If you have a bunion, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist who can recommend treatment options to prevent the condition from worsening. 

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of East Ocean Podiatry . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.


  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development


  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Deerfield Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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