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Bunions can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort as well as an interruption of daily activities. Dr. Jamshidinia and the staff of La Peer Health Systems’ Bunion Center of Excellence believe that being informed about bunions can help you catch them in their early stages, preventing the need for more invasive treatments. If you have additional questions about bunions, don’t hesitate to call (888) 552-9732 or email us to set up a consultation. Here are some common bunion FAQs.

What are bunions and what causes them to form?

A: Bunions are protrusions that form at the base of the big toe on the foot, and while there are many possible reasons for them to form, the most common causes of bunions is inheriting them genetically. Additionally, women are more susceptible to bunions than men.

Q: What factors increase my risk of developing bunions?

A: Women are more likely than men to develop bunions. People with a family history of bunions and those who demonstrate excessive pronation when walking also suffer a greater risk. Additionally, those with arthritis, gout and other hereditary foot conditions may have a higher risk of getting bunions.

Q: What are some nonsurgical options for treating bunions?

A: Nonsurgical treatments for bunions include bunion pads, orthotics, physical therapy and switching to roomier, more supportive shoes.

Q: If my bunion isn’t painful, do I need to have surgery?

A: If your bunion isn’t painful, you might still need foot surgery if the bunion is interfering with your ability to perform daily activities, if there is evidence of arthritic changes on your x-ray examination or if there is joint space narrowing or a decrease in range of motion to the joint.

Q: Who is a good candidate for bunion surgery?

A: If you’re experiencing severe pain, limited motion in your foot or an inability to perform normal activities, you might be a good candidate for bunion surgery. However, you should visit a board-certified podiatrist to review your treatment options. Seeking treatment early can help prevent you from needing more invasive treatments.

Q: Is bunion surgery very painful?

A: Although patients may experience pain for the first 72 hours after having bunion surgery, most people find that OTC medications and anti-inflammatories provide adequate relief. Talk to your doctor if you experience serious pain in the wake of bunion surgery.

Q: Can orthotics really help correct bunions?

A: While orthotics won’t prevent bunions, they may help keep them from getting worse by controlling abnormal pronation while walking.

Q: Should people with diabetes consider bunion surgery?

A: People with Type 2 Diabetes may also have an increased risk of developing bunions and other foot problems including dangerous ulcers. If you suffer from diabetes, feel free to contact our doctors for information about protecting your feet from bunions.

Q: When should a bunion be surgically corrected?

A: If you’re experiencing painful bunions that interfere with your daily life, and if nonsurgical treatments have proven ineffective, you may want to consider surgical treatment.

Q: What are the benefits of bunion surgery?

A: As with most foot surgery procedures, patients who undergo bunion surgery generally enjoy pain relief and a return to the activities they once enjoyed such as walking, running or dancing.

Q: Does insurance cover bunion surgery?

A: Most insurance plans do cover bunion surgery. Contact your provider for more information and for a complimentary insurance verification.

Q: Is hammertoe surgery offered at the Bunion Surgery Center of Excellence?

A: Yes, Dr. Jamshidinia specializes in treating all conditions of the foot, including hammertoe surgery to correct a hammertoe. You can learn more about hammer toe treatment options at our facilities by contacting our outpatient surgery center.

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Bunions can cause you a great deal of pain and prevent you from pursuing the activities you previously enjoyed. If you have any more questions about bunions, don’t hesitate to contact the Bunion Center of Excellence for a consultation by calling (888) 552-9732.

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