Bunion Surgery & Treatment
Bunions are deformities that affect your big toe joint. Because bunions are well-known for causing severe foot pain, schedule an evaluation with board-certified podiatrist David B. Glover, DPM, FACFAS, of Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute. Once you begin your bunion treatment plan at this South Ogden, Utah, podiatry practice, you can be on your way to relief from bunion discomfort. To find out which bunion solution is right for you, book an evaluation online or call to speak with a team member.
Bunion Q & A
Why do I have bunions?
Bunions are deformities in your big toe joint. They’re often formed by years of wearing poorly fitting footwear, such as high heels and pointy shoes. As your shoes force your big toe to get scrunched up over your little toes, eventually, the entire toe joint starts to change shape — permanently.
But your shoes aren’t the only thing to blame when it comes to bunions. Your chances of developing bunions increases due to:
- Arthritis or foot injury
- Genetic foot shape
- Inherited foot deformities
While both men and women can develop bunions, they most commonly affect women, likely because of footwear.
Are bunions painful?
Oftentimes, yes, especially if your bunion has been developing over time. That large bony bump that forms can rub up against your shoes and cause calluses and painful corns. Plus, you can also experience:
- Joint soreness or stiffness
- Numbness or burning
- Widespread foot pain
The more time you spend in snug-fitting shoes, especially if you’re on your feet all day, the more likely you are to have increasingly severe symptoms.
What is the treatment for bunions?
At Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute, Dr. Glover designs a bunion treatment plan that often starts with non-surgical solutions. You may get relief from bunion discomfort by trying any of the following conservative therapies.
- Physical therapy
- Custom shoe orthotics
- Changes in footwear
- Corticosteroid injections
- Bracing, splinting, or taping
- Anti-inflammatory medications
You’re likely going to need to try several different types of bunion treatments. Some of them can help provide immediate relief, while others are designed to improve long-term inflammation prevention. If you’re not getting relief, or if your bunion is getting worse, Dr. Glover might suggest surgery.
Do I need surgery for bunions?
Possibly, although bunion surgery is almost always the last resort for treatment. During bunion surgery, Dr. Glover uses minimally invasive measures to realign your toe joint and carefully remove or repair damaged tissues. Bunion surgery is the ideal way to permanently correct your bunion and relieve chronic discomfort.
Schedule your bunion evaluation at Mountain View Foot & Ankle Institute before your bunion discomfort worsens. Book online or over the phone.