How Are Bunions Treated?

The only way to remove a bunion bump and correct any fundamental misalignments is with surgery. However, this does not mean all bunions require surgical treatment. In fact, we try not to rush anyone into making that choice unless it’s absolutely necessary.

What it really comes down to is this:  How is the bunion affecting your daily life?

In other words, the bunion may look a little funny. But if it isn’t causing you much pain or disability—you can still wear normal shoes, perform normal activities, etc.—we may only need to manage the condition with conservative treatments. This can slow the progression of the deformity and delay the need for more aggressive intervention.

Conservative and Surgical Bunion Treatment Options

Conservative management may include some or all of the following:

  • Ditching tight, restrictive footwear and high heels, and replacing them with roomier, more comfortable shoes that accommodate your foot shape.
  • Using padding, toe splints, over-the-counter insoles, or custom orthotics (as needed) to reduce pressure on the bunion.
  • Over-the-counter medications, injections, or potentially even laser therapy to relieve temporary inflammation and pain.

There are, quite literally, more than a dozen different ways to fix a bunion surgically, with new research expanding the knowledge base all the time. We work hard to stay up to date with the latest techniques so that we can offer a procedure well suited to your specific circumstances and provide the shortest turnaround time to get you back to your normal life.

doctor inspecting a bunion