There are various treatment options for bunions. There is a conservative approach and more aggressive approach depending on the severity of your bunion.
Surgery may not be necessary if the bunion is not painful or inhibiting your lifestyle. However, we would recommend addressing the cause of the problem, which is the instability in the way the foot functions. If we can address the instability and eliminate the muscle imbalance that has caused progression of the deformity we can ideally stop or at least slow down the progression of the bunion.
We correct this condition with custom molded functional orthotics. In fact, when surgery is necessary due to a painful bunion deformity, custom orthotics are always recommended postoperatively since the surgery addressed the result of the problem, the bunion, and does not usually address the cause of the problem, which is the patient’s instability. Orthotics are always recommended after surgery to prevent the possibility of reoccurrence of the bunion deformity down the road.
Non-surgical options to help keep you comfortable include protective pads and wearing wider or open shoes. However, when conservative care such as padding and wider shoes have failed to alleviate a patient’s discomfort, surgery may be necessary. There are many different surgical procedures that may be appropriate depending on the severity of the bunion, the patient’s overall medical health, age and lifestyle. However, in most cases, bunion surgery consists of an outpatient procedure. Patients can usually walk right away in a special walking boot for two to four weeks.
Ultimately, a consultation in one of our Kansas City Metro Area offices can help determine the best treatment options for you. If you are struggling with bunions and great toe pain, please call our office to set up an appointment. We will be able to help treat your condition, and get you back to normal, pain-free steps.