Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bunion Treatment

In most cases, bunions can be successfully treated by reducing pressure against the bunion. Changing shoes, shoe inserts, and bunion pads can reduce pain and inflammation. However, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications or corticosteroid injections may be required to reduce pain and inflammation. Surgical treatment is reserved for those who are unable to function normally because of the bunion. The goal of surgery is to remove the bunion and realign the toe.

Treatment for a bunion may include:

Bunion Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a bunion.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Bunion Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a bunion:

Bunion Surgery

Bunion Surgery
In severe cases, surgery is required to remove the bunion. This usually involves removing a wedge of bone, in order to restore the normal alignment of the big toe. The surgery may also involve adjustments to the ligaments that have become too loose, or too tight. A cast is usually required for 6 weeks, until the bone heals.

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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