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.
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:
Smaller bunions, called bunionettes, can also form on the smallest toe and may create similar symptoms.
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:
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.
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:
Dr. Fried is experienced in corrective surgery for this condition, and will create a treatment plan specific to your needs.
The goals that Dr. Fried has for the surgical repair of your bunion are:
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:
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.