Trying to walk around comfortably when you have a bunion can be challenging. This foot problem commonly occurs from hereditary factors influencing muscle strengths and weaknesses in the legs and feet. The problem is made worse by wearing tight shoes. Bunions can cause a considerable amount of pain as the bony bump on your big toe joint gets bigger.
You can try treating a bunion with self-care measures, such as wearing shoes that give your toes more room, taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, taping and padding your foot and using shoe inserts. If this doesn’t provide relief, though, you might want to consider bunion surgery.
The traditional surgical options for removing bunions include having part of the bone removed to make your big toe straighter, removing the affected tissue near the big toe joint, and having the longer bone that runs from your big toe to the back of your foot realigned. These procedures are performed using openings on the foot that can be 3 to 6 inches long!
These traditional procedures utilize pins or screws in the bone and stitches both below the skin and on the skin itself. They may help take care of the pain caused by bunions, but end up causing unnecessary trauma to the foot. Traditional bunion surgery also carries a certain amount of risk, as with any surgery, but you can reduce this risk by having minimally invasive bunion surgery. This type of surgery involves making as small of an incision as possible. In some cases, only a pin-prick incision is needed.