Bunion Treatment Options

Bunions (hallux valgus) protrude alongside your big toe, as a result of disproportional weight distribution on your toe joint. Eventually, the toe joint weakens and begins causing foot aches and pains, stiffness, swelling, and can worsen over time if not treated. Our team of podiatrists at Southwest Podiatry in Wytheville, Dublin, Galax, and Marion, VA, are happy to share common bunion treatment options.

Conservative Treatment Options

Depending on the condition of your bunion, you can relieve bunion pain through modest alterations, such as:

  • wearing supportive footwear—shoes that provide sufficient space for your toes and are comfortable
  • shoe inserts—bunion padding or cushions can act as a protective barrier between your foot and shoe to alleviate discomfort.
  • pain-relief and anti-inflammatory medications—Tylenol (acetaminophen), Advil (ibuprofen), or Aleve (naproxen sodium) is another resource to help reduce pain.
  • applying an ice pack—a common way to decrease inflammation and swelling after being on your feet for long periods of time. However, if you experience loss of feeling or circulation in your feet, consult with your podiatrist at Southwest Podiatry in Wytheville, Dublin, Galax, and Marion, VA.

When Surgery Might Be Necessary

In cases of persistent bunion pain that prevents you from participating in daily activities, surgery may be the next step.

Required surgical procedures for bunions will vary, all depending on the condition and symptoms of your bunion–which includes the recommendation for a singular or multiple procedures.

Surgical bunion procedures commonly involve:

  • discarding swollen tissue that developed along the toe joint
  • repositioning your big toe via removing a portion of the bone
  • correcting any misaligned bones in your foot to ensure proper support and structure
  • permanently fusing the bones from the afflicted toe joint

The recovery process after a surgical bunion procedure can take anywhere from a few weeks, to a few months. To prevent future bunion issues, you should expect to wear proper footwear post-recovery.

Additional Bunion Treatment Options

Our team of podiatrists at Southwest Podiatry recommend scheduling a visit to examine the condition of your bunion, in order to suggest the best treatment for you. Book your appointment by calling one of our four convenient locations:

Wytheville Office 
(276) 228-2212

Dublin Office 
(540) 674-2444

Galax Office
(276) 236-966

Marion Office
(276) 782-9545