Let’s Talk Bunions

Whether it’s sandal season or boot season, bunions are painful and unsightly. Sometimes they can form so slowly that one day you’ll just look down and you’ve got a huge protrusion from the side of your foot!  Some people suffer for years before seeking professional treatment for their bunions. Da Vinci Foot and Ankle specializes in both conservative treatments and bunion surgical options to effectively correct and eliminate this painful deformity once and for all.

What Exactly is a Bunion?

Bunions can form in individuals of all ages. They are prominent bony structures that protrude at the base of the big toe or side of the foot. Bunions often run in families, but they also can be the result of the way we walk or the shoes we wear. While they are easy to see, in order to fully evaluate your condition, foot and ankle surgeons Dr. Allison Menke and Dr. Christopher Menke, will take x-rays to discern your particular case and needs.


Self-Treatment and Surgical Options

Da Vinci Foot and Ankle aims to treat bunions as effectively as possible before discussing surgical options. After evaluation, our Doctors can offer multiple bunion defense options such as: exercises, anti-inflammatory prescriptions, toe separators and self-adhesive bandaging.

These 5 non-surgical approaches may also aid in bunion relief:

  • Maintain a normal weight
  • Use shoe inserts to help position the foot correctly (read more here)
  • Under a doctor’s guidance, wear a splint at night to hold the toe straight and ease discomfort.
  • Utilize warm soaks, ice packs, Whirlpool, ultrasound and massage.
  • Buy well-fitting footwear that are wide in the toe area. You can stop by any Da Vinci Foot and Ankle location and our staff will measure your foot’s width and shoe needs.

When Surgery is Necessary 

While early treatments are aimed at easing bunion pain, they won’t reverse the deformity itself. When the pain of a bunion interferes with daily activities, it’s time to discuss surgical options with Da Vinci Foot and Ankle. Furthermore, recent advances in surgical techniques have led to a very high success rate in treating bunions, with the goal of these corrections is the elimination of pain. Together we can decide if surgery is best for you! Make your appointment below…

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