Treatment Plans

Some bunions do not hurt, but if left untreated, the vast majority will become painful or will produce painful secondary foot problems. It is recommended that you seek professional podiatric advice as soon as you suspect you have a bunion. Early recognition may prevent the need for surgery.

 

modified shoesConservative Care

In some instances, treatment only requires wider or modified shoes. Some acute problems benefit from ice or physical therapy and/or injection therapy. Using a bunion shield often protects the area and eliminates pain.

 

Orthodics Biomechanical Care

For some patients, an abnormal imbalance in their foot affects the way they walk and produces misalignment of joints and tendons, causing bunions.If this is the problem, a doctor may make a special shoe insert called a “functional orthosis”. Based on a mold of your foot, this insert corrects your walk, restoring stability to joints and tendons. However, if a bunion has progressed too far, surgery may be required.

 

Bunion Surgery Surgical Care

With the recent advances in surgical care and equipment, bunion procedures can be performed with minimal disability for the patient. Procedures are performed on an outpatient basis at St. Mary’s Medical Center usually under IV sedation without the risk of a general anesthetic. While no single procedure can correct every type of bunion, by using very rigid criteria, we can now select the appropriate surgical procedure for a specific bunion and anticipate good results. The procedures fall into four general categories >