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Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Southeast Georgia and South Carolina

A painful bony bump at the base of your big toe joint may be a common foot deformity called a bunion. The expert physicians at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, diagnose and treat bunions at 12 locations throughout Southern Georgia and South Carolina. They’re the only surgeons in Southern Georgia trained to perform Lapiplasty® 3D bunion correction, a revolutionary procedure that treats the root cause of bunion deformities. For advanced bunion treatment, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online today.

Bunion Q & A

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a common and painful foot problem that occurs when the long bones in the front of your foot move out of place. This causes the tip of your big toe to lean toward the other toes and forces the joint out of position. A bony bump develops on the inner side of your foot at the big toe joint. 

Bunions can result from the natural shape of your foot or a foot deformity like a hammertoe. Arthritis of the foot may also lead to a bunion. 

When a bump develops on the outer side of your foot on the little toe joint, it’s called a bunionette. 

What are the symptoms of a bunion?

The most prominent bunion symptom is a bony bump at the base of your big toe. The bump may be red and sore. Bunion symptoms usually start out mild and become worse over time. Eventually, bunions can make it painful and difficult to wear shoes. Corns and calluses may develop where your toes overlap and rub together.

If you have a bunion that causes persistent foot pain or restricted movement in your big toe, the team at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, can help. They use the most advanced methods and technologies to diagnose and treat bunions. 

How are bunions diagnosed and treated?

First, your provider at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam. They may take an on-site digital X-ray to help determine the best way to treat your bunion. 

Bunion treatment depends on the severity of your condition and how much pain it causes. The team at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, may begin with nonsurgical treatments, such as:

  • Wearing comfortable shoes with a roomier toe box
  • Padding the bunion with cushions
  • Taking medications to relieve pain and reduce inflammation
  • Wearing orthotic shoe inserts

If conservative treatments don’t provide enough relief, the team at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, may recommend surgery. 

What does bunion surgery entail?

Traditional bunion surgery involves removing the bump and shifting the bone but does nothing to address the root cause of a bunion. The highly-trained surgeons at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, perform Lapiplasty 3D bunion correction, which restores the entire bone to its normal 3D alignment. 

For the best care in bunion treatment, call Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, or book an appointment online today.