Bunion Specialist

West Suburban Podiatry

Podiatric Physicians and Surgeons located in Western Springs, IL

If you notice a bony bump at the base of your big toe, you may be suffering from a bunion. At West Suburban Podiatry in Western Springs, Illinois, the team offers both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for bunions. The practice takes an individualized, transparent approach to patient care. To speak to a doctor about your condition, book your appointment by phone or schedule online today.

Bunion Q & A

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a bony protrusion that develops at the base of the big toe – a deformity that occurs when the bones in the forefront of your foot shift out of place. 

As the tip of the big toe pulls toward the smaller toes, it causes the joint at the base of your big toe to bulge out. Bunions can also develop on one of your smaller pinky toes (bunionette). 

Issues like foot stress, injuries, and wearing tight-fitting shoes can contribute to the development of bunions. Some are more prone to bunions because of their foot’s shape or underlying problems like deformity or arthritis. 

What are the symptoms of a bunion?

The symptoms of a bunion include:

  • A bony bump at the base of your toe
  • Swelling or redness
  • Pain or soreness
  • Limited movement of the affected toe

Bunions can cause ongoing or recurring pain. Bunions can also make it difficult to wear your regular shoes without pain and irritation. 

When should I see a doctor about my bunion?

Bunions don’t go away on their own and continue to worsen over time. Bunions can lead to complications like corns, calluses, or issues with your mobility. If you notice signs of a bunion, book an appointment at West Suburban Podiatry. 

During your appointment, your podiatrist performs an in-depth examination to diagnose your condition. After your review, you and your podiatrist work together to develop your individualized treatment plan.  

How are bunions treated?

West Suburban Podiatry offers both surgical and non-surgical treatment for bunions. The goal of non-surgical treatment is to reduce the pressure on your bunion and relieve your pain. 

Non-surgical treatment of your bunion may include:

  • Padding
  • Footwear changes
  • Orthotics
  • Pain medication
  • Cortisone injections

If your condition is severe or doesn't improve with conservative care, you may need surgery. The surgeons at West Suburban Podiatry offer several procedures to safely and effectively correct your bunion deformity. 

Depending on your condition, surgery for your bunion may involve removing damaged tissue, realigning the bones in your foot, or fusing the bones of the affected toe. 

To find out which treatment is best for you, call one of the offices or book your appointment online today.