Bunions Specialist

American Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Scottsdale, AZ & Sun City, AZ

Bunions are known for causing agonizing pain around your big toe joint. But at American Foot & Ankle Specialists in Scottsdale and Sun City, Arizona, you can get relief with the help of a highly skilled surgical podiatrist. The center’s podiatry team regularly performs corrective bunion surgeries using minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. If you have a bunion, find out what the team can do for you. Schedule an evaluation online or over the phone.

Bunions Q&A

What are bunions?

Bunions are a progressive disorder, meaning they don’t develop overnight. Instead, your big toe is gradually pushed against the rest of your toes day after day, often due to snug-fitting shoes. This gentle daily shift eventually causes a permanent deformity that changes the angle of your bones and big toe joint.

A bunion is a bony protrusion that develops on your big toe joint that rubs up against your footwear. You can develop the same painful protrusion on your baby toe, too, which is called a bunionette. Treatment is the same for both.

Why do I have bunions?

Even though pointy or snug-fitting shoes are the leading causes of bunions, there are other reasons why you may develop them. You could be prone to having bunions because of:

  • Foot shape
  • Prior injuries
  • Birth defects
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Even though it isn’t always known why you develop bunions, especially if your footwear isn’t to blame, rest assured, the team at American Foot & Ankle Specialists can help you.

Are bunions painful?

They can be, especially if they continue to progress. Bunions are known for causing soreness in the affected toe joint. You could also experience:

  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Redness over the joint
  • Corns or calluses
  • Restricted movement

Pain and discomfort can bother you around the clock, or only while wearing certain shoes. Either way, the sooner you start treatment, the quicker you can have relief from bunion pain.

How are bunions treated?

Treating bunions depends on the severity of your discomfort. If you have minor bunion issues, the American Foot & Ankle Specialists team might recommend conservative therapies, including:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Taping or padding
  • Specialized footwear
  • Cortisone injections

If you have severe bunion pain or if conservative measures aren’t helping you, it might be time for bunion surgery. This minimally invasive procedure involves realigning your toe joint and removing any scar tissue. Since the podiatry team specializes in arthroscopic surgery, you can expect minimal downtime and little discomfort after bunion surgery.

Book your bunion evaluation at American Foot & Ankle Specialists today with the online scheduling feature or call the location nearest you.