An untreated bunion might also increase your risk of developing conditions like corns, calluses, and hammer toe

When to Schedule a Podiatry Examination For a Bunion

Bunions don’t always require any medical treatment. However, you may need to see a podiatrist if your bunion is painful, swollen, or making it difficult to walk. It’s also worth remembering that bunions are a progressive disorder and don’t go away on their own—without treatment, they might worsen over time, causing pain and affecting your mobility. 

Can Bunions be Treated Without Surgery? Here’s What We Often Recommend at Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle

Our Caldwell and Meridian podiatrists have decades of experience treating bunions, and provide thorough individualized care for your condition. Here are some of our recommendations. 

Non-Surgical Treatment

You may not need bunion surgery if your protrusion isn’t painful and doesn’t interfere with your daily routine. Many of our time-tested non-surgical options involve a combination of:  

  • Lifestyle modifications such as wearing better-fitting shoes, doing different foot exercises and stretches, and taking frequent breaks from strenuous physical activity. 
  • Support footwear and custom orthotics, which can typically reduce pain, irritation, and swelling around the bunion. 
  • Non-surgical pain management solutions, such as anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, or the use of a removable splint to prevent inflammation. 

Surgical Treatment

If your bunion-related symptoms are severe, or you don’t get the relief you need from non-surgical treatment, we may advise surgery. A typical bunion surgery involves: 

  • Removing swollen tissue from the MTP joint
  • Taking out a small section of bone to help straighten your big toe 
  • Correcting the alignment of the big toe joint 
  • Rejoining all of your bones to their natural position, or as close to it as possible 

Bunion surgery is a relatively simple procedure that can be performed in our office. While you may need to take it easy for a few weeks after your procedure—with average recovery times ranging between several weeks and several months—our innovative approach is much better at preventing recurrence than other methods. 

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.