If you see a bump beginning to show on the side of your foot near your big toe joint, and you begin to experience discomfort when you walk, a bunion is starting to develop. If bunions aren’t treated, they can cause severe pain, impacting your daily activities. Dr. Steven P. Royall, DPM, with Mountain View Foot Clinic, LLC, in Lehi and Murray, Utah, has treated hundreds of bunions successfully, restoring your feet to pain-free walking and running. Call or book an appointment online today with Dr. Royall for bunion relief.
If you notice that your big toe is beginning to slant a little toward your second toe, a bunion may be developing. At Mountain View Foot Clinic, LLC, Dr. Royall takes X-rays of your foot. He then consults with you on treatments. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers for short-term relief. A heating pad or ice can also lessen discomfort. Dr. Royall may prescribe orthotics, which are insoles made specifically for your feet that help take the pressure off of the joint where the bunion is beginning to develop; the orthotics help correct your foot mechanics and avoid bunions. Try wearing spacers or a temporary splint at night.
Prevention is the best remedy. Changing to shoes that fit properly and have a wide bed that doesn’t cramp your toes is your first course of action. If you’re a woman, you may need to end a love affair with high heels, as these are major toe crampers. Dr. Royall may prescribe exercises which include learning to pick up marbles with your toes!
You may be prone to bunions simply because of genetics. If family members have them, you are more likely to get them. If bunions continue to progress after you have taken preventative steps, and if they are causing pain and shoes no longer fit, Dr. Royall recommends surgery. He performs a bunionectomy at an outpatient surgical center, using either local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia, depending on your preference and the case. For a moderate bunion, he trims the ligaments at the affected joint and realigns the bone under your big toe. If the bunion is severe and the toe is already bent toward the second toe, he may insert tiny screws to keep the bone in line and trim protruding bone affecting your walk and shoe choices.
Bunion recovery can range from weeks to months, depending on how much bone and tissue is involved during surgery. You'll want to rest and take it easy for the first couple of weeks when wearing a special boot while walking. Stitches stay in for seven to 21 days. You must keep your foot dry when bathing. Dr. Royall normally has you back in regular athletic shoes in two to three weeks. For those with severe bunions, he prescribes physical therapy after surgery.