Bunions Specialist

About Feet Podiatry Center

Podiatry located in Exton, PA

A bunion is a bone deformity that occurs when the joint at the base of your big toe becomes enlarged as your toe shifts out of place. Because bunions can cause chronic pain, stiffness, and swelling, the board-certified podiatrists provide innovative treatment solutions right in the office at About Feet Podiatry Center in Exton, Pennsylvania. Get started on your bunion treatment plan by booking an evaluation through the website or by calling to speak with a team member directly.

Bunions Q&A

What are the causes of bunions?

As a common progressive joint disorder, bunions form gradually over time. Your big toe angles in toward your smaller toes and may even overlap your second and third toe. 

Over time, a bony bump develops on the outside base of your big toe as your toe continues to get pushed out of its proper straight alignment. In many cases, ill-fitting footwear — like high heels and pointy shoes — are to blame. This is why bunions tend to affect women, although men can certainly develop them, too.

Your likelihood of suffering from painful bunions is greater if you have:

  • Weak joint structures
  • Arthritic deterioration
  • Inherited foot abnormalities, like flat feet

It’s even possible that your bunions are linked to foot trauma, including broken bones or connective tissue injury. 

When should I see a podiatrist for bunions?

The compassionate team at About Feet Podiatry Center encourages you to come in for an evaluation, no matter how minor or how severe your bunion discomfort may be. Ideally, you should come in early in the bunion development stage, since your podiatrist may be able to prevent the progression of the joint deformity.

It’s particularly important to have a bunion exam and get started on treatment if your bunions are:

  • Red, swollen, and inflamed
  • Stiff and leading to limited range of motion
  • Causing burning, electrical, or throbbing pains

You should also come in to About Feet Podiatry Center for a bunion evaluation if your bunion symptoms are so severe, they cause you to miss enjoyable activities, or they make it difficult for you to perform routine daily tasks. 

Which bunion treatment is most effective?

About Feet Podiatry Center provides both conservative and surgical bunion treatment packages. In most cases, before delving into surgery, your podiatrist combines two or more of the following solutions to see if you get relief:

  • Footwear changes
  • Protective padding
  • Orthotic insert devices
  • Removal of corns and calluses

If, however, conservative measures fail, your podiatrist at About Feet Podiatry Center talks with you about a modern surgical approach. 

Bunion surgery (bunionectomy), is an entirely personalized procedure designed to realign your toe joint and remove the bunion. Because About Feet Podiatry Center has two operating rooms on-site and can get you scheduled for bunion surgery within weeks, you can get all of your needs met under one roof. 

You have plenty of bunion treatment options available at About Feet Podiatry Center. Find out more by booking your bunion evaluation online or over the phone today.