Non-Surgical Bunion Treatments
We will always attempt conservative treatment first, except in cases where pain and dysfunction are severe enough that it’s clear non-surgical remedies would be ineffective.
Possible conservative remedies might include:
- Wearing shoes that properly support your feet and provide enough room for toes to move freely without being pinched.
- Orthotics. The right pair can help offset any inherited foot structure or biomechanical issues that are contributing to the destabilization of the MTPJ.
- Physical therapy. Although stretching and toe exercises won’t correct the bunion, they can often relieve some pain and strengthen the joint’s resistance to further destabilization.
- Non-medicated bunion pads. These help alleviate pressure and friction that may contribute to corn formation.
- Toe spacers or splints, which can help hold your toe in a straighter position.
If your bunion is severe, or if conservative treatments aren’t able to resolve or manage symptoms well enough to enable a good quality of life, surgery will usually be recommended.
While surgery is considered a “last resort,” that doesn’t mean it’s a bad option. On the contrary, surgery is highly successful in the vast majority of cases, and most people are very satisfied with the long-term results. Ultimately, it’s about getting you back to living life on your terms without pain!
Dr. Mark Fillari is our resident bunion surgery expert, and he has extensive experience and training in multiple bunion surgery techniques. He will carefully review the circumstances of your situation and discuss your options with you.
For a more in-depth look at bunion surgery, including what to expect from the procedure and recovery, be sure to read this blog post on the topic.
The Best Time to Address a Bunion Is Now
Whether your bunion is still in the early stages or is causing you constant agony, don’t wait another day to get a professional opinion.
Maybe you just need a little bit of preventative management, or some conservative treatments. Maybe you need surgery. Either way, we will put our training and experience to work to help give you the best possible outcome for your unique situation.
Give us a call at (609) 714-0052 or complete the contact form below to get started. We look forward to seeing you soon!