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Do Bunions Always Require Surgery?

Do Bunions Always Require Surgery?

Bunions form for many reasons. It could be genetics, or it could be the kind of shoes you wear. 

Our team at Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists knows that each bunion is different and requires a customized treatment strategy. If you have a bunion, we want you to know your options and how to treat it at home before resorting to more invasive procedures.

How a bunion can affect you

A bunion is a bony bump that causes a deformity at the base of your big toe. This misalignment can crowd the neighboring toes and force them into abnormal positions. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that bunions can lead to other kinds of foot problems, such as:

All of these issues can increase your foot pain and make it difficult for you to walk around easily. 

Nonsurgical options for treating bunions

If you have a bunion, treatment options other than surgery are available. At Cortez Foot & Ankle Specialists, we usually recommend starting with the most conservative treatments.

In many cases, your provider can help you find relief from the pain and pressure of your bunion by suggesting one or more noninvasive treatments. Your treatment plan might include:

One or a combination of these treatments may relieve the pain and discomfort of your bunion. However, if your pain continues to worsen, or if you develop a severe deformity, surgery may be your best option.

The surgical process

Surgery sometimes offers the best solution for severe bunions and foot deformities. Your provider examines your bunion and comes up with the best route for you and your health.

Most surgeries include some variation of the following:

Bunion surgery is usually minor and has a quick recovery time.

Next steps

If you need guidance on how best to treat your bunion, call one of our convenient locations, in Bradenton, University Park, and Ellenton, Florida, or book your appointment online today.

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