Bunion treatment varies depending on the severity of the problem and other factors. Procedures are broadly categorized as either conservative or surgical.
Conservative care is usually the first choice. Although it will not reduce the size of the bunion or reverse an existing deformity, it can relieve pain and slow or stop progression. Conservative approaches include modifications to footwear (switching to roomier shoes with more space for toes), using tools like taping or splinting to hold toes in alignment (if joints are still flexible), shoe inserts or custom orthotics to accommodate for poor foot mechanics, and various pain relief remedies.
If conservative care is ineffective and discomfort is severe, we may explore surgical options. As with conservative care, there are many different types of procedures that may be considered, from simple soft tissue removal to more substantial operations involving cutting or fusing bones. The best choice will depend on things like your age, health status, whether or not you’ve had a previous surgery, and the severity of the condition.
Regardless of your situation, Dr. Corey Fox of Massapequa Podiatry Associates on Long Island can help you overcome your bunion pain and improve your quality of life.