Bunions are common, painful foot deformities that typically develop on the joint at the base of your big toe, making it painful to wear shoes. Mirylsa Colón-Martínez, MD, FAAOS, a highly experienced orthopedic surgeon and foot and ankle specialist at OrthoWellness in Boca Raton, Florida, performs bunion surgery so you get long-term relief, with no scarring. Dr. Colón-Martínez is one of the best orthopedic surgeons in her field, and she treats men and women for this hereditary foot issue. If you’re bothered by bunions, call to schedule a same-day appointment, book online, or walk in. Hablamos Español.
Bunions are bony bumps that usually grow at the base of your big toe as you get older. They are a hereditary problem, but they can also develop as a result of wearing narrow shoes, or having arthritis. A smaller version of a bunion — a bunionette — may develop on the joint of your little toe. Anyone can get a bunion, but they’re more common among women.
When the joint of your big toe becomes inflamed as a result of pressure from wearing tight shoes, it can shift out of alignment and grow larger over time. A bunion can distort the appearance of your foot and make it difficult to find comfortable shoes. If left untreated, bunions can lead to other complications like calluses, bursitis, or arthritis.
Bunions don’t go away on their own, and they usually worsen over time. Symptoms of a developing bunion include:
Although bunions require no surgical treatment, they may become bothersome enough to affect your ability to walk. They also can lead to other foot conditions that cause additional pain and inflammation.
You can get temporary relief from bunions with nonsurgical treatments such as wearing more spacious shoes, wearing bunion pads, or icing your toe to decrease inflammation, but for many adults, this doesn’t resolve recurring bunion pain.
Dr. Colón-Martínez is an expert at no-scar foot surgery to remove your bunion and realign the bones in your foot to reduce pain and restore mobility. She customizes the procedure based on your specific condition to resolve issues of how the bunion is affecting your foot.
Your surgery may include any of the following, depending on the severity of the bunion:
Although it takes some time to fully recover from bunion surgery, many people are able to walk shortly after the procedure. If you’ve tried other methods to relieve bunion discomfort, but your bunion has progressed beyond home care, it may be time to consider no-scar bunion surgery.
Call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today. Walk-ins are welcome, and hablamos Español.