If you are experiencing pain or pressure on the inside of your foot when you walk or stand, it may be from bunions. These painful bony lumps affect many people and are often the result of narrow shoes or your foot structure. 

At Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates, our team has the experience and expertise to get you back on your feet without pain. Contact us today to learn more about our bunion treatment options.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is a lump of bone that gradually forms on your big toe joint when the bone shifts out of place. As the bone moves, the big toe moves toward the smaller toes and causes protrusion at the base of the joint.

Some common bunion symptoms are:

  • A bulging bump at the bottom of your big toe.
  • A feeling of swelling, soreness or redness around the joint of your big toe.
  • Development of calluses or corns.
  • Continuous pain in the foot.
  • Limited movement in the big toe.

Should I See a Doctor for My Bunion?

While most cases of bunions do not require medical treatment, it is wise to see the podiatry team at Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates of Washington if you are experiencing:

  • Ongoing pain in the big toe or foot.
  • A bump at the base of your big toe.
  • Decreased or limited movement in your big toe or foot.
  • Challenges with finding shoes that fit your feet due to the bunion.

Options to Remove Bunions

Depending on the severity of your bunions, our doctors offer several treatment options for pain management and removal:

  • Bunion pads and taping: Bunion pads can help cushion the area around the bump, while medical tape will keep your foot in the correct position.
  • Footwear changes: Switching to shoes with wider toe boxes can aid in removing pressure from your toe.
  • Orthotic devices: Custom shoe inserts can assist in controlling alignment issues. We may recommend placing a spacer between the big and second toe to provide further relief.
  • Pain relievers: Our team may recommend oral or topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs with ice packs to help reduce pain or swelling.
  • Physical therapy: Physical and ultrasound therapy can aid in breaking up soft-tissue adhesions to reduce feelings of pain and inflammation while improving muscle strength and alignment.
  • Injections: Depending on the severity of your bunions and if you would like to avoid surgery, our team may offer steroid injections to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Surgery: Our team may recommend surgery if nonsurgical treatments do not provide relief and walking becomes painful. We will remove the bunion and realign the bones to move the big toe back into the correct position.

Schedule an Appointment With Our Bunion Doctors in Washington

Improve your comfort and mobility when you schedule an appointment with Foot & Ankle Surgical Associates. We have offices in Centralia, Lacey, Olympia, Tacoma and Tumwater, Washington, to treat bunion issues and will take the time to understand your specific situation.

If you need immediate care, we offer same- or next-day appointments so we can address your concerns as quickly as possible. We invite you to call our team at 360-754-3338 today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Centralia, Lacey, Olympia, Tacoma, and Tumwater. 

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