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Treatment Options for Bunions

Bunions, medically termed hallux valgus, are a foot deformity characterized by a bony bump at the base of the big toe, while the top of the toe shifts toward the others. Bunions are often accompanied by inflammation and pain. Factors like hereditary predisposition and wearing tight or improper footwear can worsen the deformity. Treatment strategies for bunions typically encompass both non-surgical and surgical approaches. Non-surgical intervention focuses on symptom management and includes wearing well-fitted shoes that provide ample space for the toes. Wearing bunion pads, toe spacers, or orthotic devices for support are among the less invasive treatment options. However, if conservative measures fail to provide relief or if the bunion is severe, surgery may be necessary. Bunion surgery aims to realign the toe joint, alleviate pain, and improve foot function. Surgical techniques include joint trimming and total joint replacement, depending on the severity of the bunion. If you have a bunion that is affecting your daily activities, it's suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a thorough exam and suggested treatment measures. 

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Gary J. Kaiserman, DPM of Achilles Footcare Center. 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 Forest Lane and West Kiest Boulevard Dallas, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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