The Slocum Center's foot specialists are experts in treating bunions via nonsurgical and surgical techniques. The Slocum Center has been treating foot issues for many years. That means your foot condition will be treated by a highly-specialized team of doctors, dedicated to restoring your function and mobility.
More than 35% of women in America have bunions. This is a common deformity of the great toe. It is frequently caused by wearing tight, narrow shoes with an elevated heel. The tendency toward developing bunions may also be inherited. Bunions occur most frequently in women.
The inside aspect of the first toe gets larger and sticks out when a bunion deformity is present. There is often tenderness over this medial bump along with redness. The bigger the bunion gets, the more deformed the great toe becomes.
A high percentage of bunions can be treated without surgery. Choose a shoe that has an adequate toe box. A tight-fitting shoe will only increase the bunion pain. Avoid shoes that are short, tight or with pointed toes, or with heels higher than 2 ½ inches. If you have a wide forefoot and find it difficult to acquire a satisfactory shoe, the shoe can be professionally stretched.
If the bunion is painful, and the pain is unrelieved by nonoperative means, surgery is an option. The purpose of the bunion surgery is to realign the bones, ligaments, and tendons so that the toe is brought back into a more acceptable position. However, it should be emphasized that bunion surgery should not be undertaken or contemplated unless all nonoperative treatments have failed.