Bunions

Precision Podiatry

Podiatrists located in Round Rock, Cedar Park, & Austin, TX

Bunions are one of the most common reasons people seek treatment from a foot and ankle surgeon. The expert team at Precision Podiatry offers innovative treatments for bunions, including the Lapiplasty™ procedure, at their three state-of-the-art facilities in the Round Rock, Cedar Park, and the River Place neighborhoods of Austin, Texas. Call the office or book an appointment today for the most advanced care in bunion correction.

Bunions Q & A

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a bump that forms on the side of your big toe joint. Bunions can make it difficult and painful to wear certain shoes and walk normally. When a similar bump forms on your little toe, it’s called a bunionette. 

Bunions don’t go away without professional treatment. It’s important to call Precision Podiatry as soon as you suspect you have a bunion. 

What causes bunions?

A bunion may look like an overgrowth of bone, but its cause is more complex. The bunion bump is actually due to a misalignment in the long bones of your toes, called metatarsals. The misalignment causes your big toe to lean inward instead of pointing straight. Over time, this puts pressure on the joint and causes a bunion bump to appear.

Some people are more prone to developing bunions based on inherited foot mechanics. Other foot conditions, such as hammertoe, may increase your risk of developing a bunion. 

What are the symptoms of a bunion?

The most prominent bunion symptom is a bump on the inside of your foot at the base of your big toe. Wearing high heels or shoes that are too snug in the toe box may aggravate a bunion and cause pain, redness, and swelling. This can lead to decreased movement in your big toe or foot.

Other symptoms include corns and calluses that may develop where your first and second toes rub together. In some cases, bunions can lead to bursitis, which is inflammation of the fluid-filled sac in your toe joint.

How are bunions diagnosed and treated?

Your Precision Podiatry provider can diagnose a bunion by examining your foot. Then, they take an X-ray to evaluate the extent of your condition and determine the best approach to treatment. 

Most bunion symptoms improve with conservative treatments, such as:

  • Changing to more comfortable footwear with a roomy toe box
  • Wearing functional orthotic shoe inserts
  • Padding or cushioning the bunion 
  • Icing the bunion

If you continue to experience pain and symptoms despite treatment, surgery may be necessary. The expert surgeons at Precision Podiatry use cutting-edge techniques, including the Lapiplasty 3D bunion correction procedure. Lapiplasty corrects the root cause of a bunion deformity instead of merely shaving the bone. 

For lasting relief from bunion pain, call Precision Podiatry to book an appointment today.