Bunions are a very common ailment in the foot. There are a multitude of treatments, ranging from simple shoe gear modification to full reconstruction of the foot / ankle, depending on the level of deformity. At Bay Area Podiatry Group in San Leandro, California, experienced podiatrists Jenny Yu, DPM, and Renee Woo, DPM can offer you the best solutions, from non-surgical to surgical options. Call the office today to request a bunion surgery consultation or book your appointment online.

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What is a bunion?

A bunion (also known as “hallux valgus”) is a deformity in your big toe joint (i.e., the first metatarsophalangeal joint).  Most bunions are not painful.  The most common complaint is rubbing against a shoe, or pain in the joint with increased activity.

What causes a bunion?

Contrary to popular belief, your shoes did not cause your bunion.  The most common reason for this deformity is your genetics.  People tend to inherit these traits from their parents.  Other non-inherited causes of bunions include injury, infection, rapid weight gain / loss.

What kind of treatments are available for painful bunions?

There are many many treatments, ranging from simply modifying your shoe gear to surgery.  When you book an appointment with Dr. Yu or Dr. Woo, they will perform a full biomechanical exam, and help you determine what your goals are, which will help dictate your treatment.

Common treatments include:

  • Shoe gear modification
  • Splinting / taping
  • Custom arch supports
  • Physcial therapy (for rigid joints)
  • Injections
  • Surgery – when all non-surgical treatments have failed.

What types of bunion surgery are there?

There are many types of bunion surgeries, ranging from simply shaving down the prominent bone (cheilectomy) to fusing a joint, or reconstructing the entire foot.  Dr. Yu or Dr. Woo can diagnose the source of the bunion and offer the best treatment solution for you.

Dr. Yu offers minimally invasive surgical options, if you are the right candidate.

Call Bay Area Podiatry Group today to see if you can benefit from bunion surgery. You can also book your appointment online.