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Treatment for Bunions Including Surgery

A bunion is a bony protrusion at the base of the big toe that can cause significant discomfort and affect daily activities. Luckily, there are various bunion treatment options available to alleviate symptoms and restore foot function. For mild to moderate cases, nonsurgical approaches include wearing wider shoes with supportive soles, using bunion shields and pads, and taking anti-inflammatory medications. Night splints and toe separators may also help correct toe alignment and stretch tight soft tissues. Custom orthotics can address foot mechanics and prevent further progression of the deformity. When conservative measures fail to bring relief, surgical intervention may be necessary. Bunion surgery, or bunionectomy, aims to correct the misalignment of the big toe joint and remove bony growths. This type of surgery is not without risks and may not always be successful. Therefore, early recognition, accurate diagnosis, and appropriate treatment are a must. A podiatrist can help to develop a personalized treatment plan that is best tailored to your needs. If you are struggling with persistent bunion pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dan Kirk, DPM of Bluffton Foot & Ankle. Our doctor 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 offices located in Bluffton and Celina, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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