Bunion Surgery Specialist

Allyson B. Fried, DPM, MD -  - Podiatrist

Allyson B. Fried, DPM, MD

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Los Angeles, Culver City, CA

When your bunion becomes painful or is causing you issues with your mobility, it may need surgical intervention. Repairing bunions, and correcting other foot and ankle issues, is an area of expertise for Dr. Allyson B. Fried, of the Culver City, Los Angeles, California, area. If you’d like an expert consultation with Dr. Fried, call or book your appointment online today.

Bunion Surgery Q & A

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a condition of the largest toe, when the toe progressively turns in towards the other toes, creating a bony protrusion on the outside of the foot. This protrusion can become painful and hinder normal walking and activity.

Bunions usually happen over time, and progressively get worse. Causes for bunions may be:

  • Arthritis
  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes
  • Deformity or injury of bones
  • Unhealthy stress on foot

Smaller bunions, called bunionettes, can also form on the smallest toe and may create similar symptoms.

What are the symptoms of a bunion?

In order to determine if you have a bunion, Dr. Fried will complete a thorough health history, perform a physical exam, and may take a series of X-rays.

Symptoms that she looks for near the big toe joint to diagnose a bunion include:

  • Bulging boney area
  • Angling of big toe inward
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Redness or warmth
  • Calluses
  • Limited movement of toe

A bunion will not correct itself. It will likely get progressively worse over time and will require treatment in order to get relief from pain and prevent mobility issues.

When should I consider bunion surgery?

If a bunion is not advanced, changes in footwear and mild pain relievers may help to manage occasional pain. If these do not help, or if your bunion progresses, surgery may be needed.

Dr. Fried may suggest you have surgery to fix your bunion, if you have these more advanced complications of this condition:

  • Hindered walking
  • Significant, chronic pain
  • Worsening deformity
  • Immobility of toe joint

Dr. Fried is experienced in corrective surgery for this condition, and will create a treatment plan specific to your needs.

What does bunion surgery entail?

The goals that Dr. Fried has for the surgical repair of your bunion are:

  • Relief of pain
  • Repair of bones
  • Realignment of joint

The size of your bunion, and the degree to which it has affected your joint and surrounding tissues, helps to determine the best surgical approach to your bunion surgery. Typically, the surgical approach involves one or more of the following:

  • Repair of the ligaments and tendons
  • Reshaping deformed bones
  • Placement of screws, wires, or plates

Dr. Fried will create a surgical plan that will best meet your treatment goals. Her extensive experience with this, and other foot and ankle issues, will benefit the treatment of your bunion.

For your own plan of care to treat your bunion, call or book online today.