A bunion on your foot can be unsightly and uncomfortable at best. At worst, it can be painful and prohibitive as you move through your daily life.

At San Antonio Podiatry Associates, our team of podiatry specialists has the experience to find the underlying cause of your bunion, provide the treatment you need, and give you the relief you deserve.

If you’re ready to get back on your feet, schedule an appointment with us today!

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FAQs on Bunions:

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a common ailment in the feet in which a few of the bones in the front of your foot are moved out of place. When this occurs, a bony bump will form on the joint at the base of your big toe. This bump can become extremely painful, and can prohibit you from wearing shoes or even walking properly. Bunions can be the result of tight or ill-fitting shoes, undue stress to your feet, or chronic arthritis.

What is the best treatment for bunions?

If your bunion has not become severely prohibitive or extremely painful, you may be able to treat it by making simple lifestyle changes, such as changing your shoes and adding padding to your foot. You may also consider reaching out to your podiatrist for custom orthotics. However, a severe bunion that restricts you from daily tasks or causes extreme pain should be removed surgically in a procedure known as a bunionectomy.

How does bunionectomy surgery work?

When considering your bunionectomy with your podiatrist, it’s important to know that there are three types of surgery from which you can choose:

  • Osteotomy, which involves your surgeon realigning your big toe joint into a normal position.
  • Exostectomy, in which your surgeon will simply remove the bunion without performing an alignment.
  • Arthrodesis, in which your surgeon replaces your big toe joint entirely using screws and plates.

The podiatrists at San Antonio Podiatry Associates take an individualized approach to every treatment, and bunionectomy is no exception. Your podiatrist will discuss your needs with you and help you determine the appropriate surgery.

Who can perform a bunionectomy?

All of our board-certified podiatrists at San Antonio Podiatry Associates have been trained and tested in performing bunionectomies as part of their certification. Once you’ve scheduled an appointment, your chosen podiatrist will assess your symptoms and discuss whether a bunionectomy is appropriate. If so, your podiatrist will stand with you to help you prepare for your procedure, every step of the way.