When your big toe grows a 'bump' on the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, it's referred to as a bunion. Bunions form when your tissue or bone at your big toe joint shifts from its original place. It forces your toe to bend towards your other toes leading to a painful bone lump on your foot. We offer various treatments for bunions here at Weingarten Foot & Ankle Center in Long Beach, CA.
Preventing the Growth or Progression of Bunions
You can slow down or even prevent the growth of this deformity with some simple steps, which include avoiding narrow toe box shoes, wearing shoes that are supportive, obtaining custom orthotics, and visiting our podiatric office at the first signs of your deformity so we can treat it early.
Treatment for Bunions
The severity and type of bunion you have will determine the treatment you receive. If you identify and treat the deformity early on, you can avoid surgery. The main purpose of early treatment for bunions is to halt the joint deformity progression and relieve the pressure.
Our podiatrists Dr. Naftoli H. Weingarten DPM and Dr. Candace J. Buckley, DPM recommend the following treatments depending on the severity of you bunions:
- Medication (cortizone injections and anti-inflammatory drugs)
- Taping and Padding
- Physical Therapy
- Orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Surgical Procedures (bunionectomy for mild deformity, more involved surgery for severe)
If you are suffering with bunions, give our foot and ankle center a call at 562-422-3338 to set up an appointment with either Dr. Weingarten or Dr. Buckley to go over which treatment is best for your case. Our podiatry specialists commit to your health and comfort.