At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, we’re seeing more women in our Orland Park, Bannockburn and Roselle IL offices with bunion pain. This is not unusual at this time of the year. Once sandals, flip flops and other open style summer shoes are packed away and our patients return to shoes with closed toes, bunion pain often seems worse than ever. This is not an illusion. In addition to footwear exerting pressure on a bunion, this deformity is a progressive condition and will get worse over time. Left untreated, the pain from a bunion will increase and secondary conditions such as corns and calluses may also develop.
Our podiatrists will look at your bunion and the rest of your foot and ankle. When a toe joint is not functioning properly, your entire foot can be affected. The foot doctor will perform a complete physical examination as well as a bio-mechanical evaluation. A medical history will be taken, and the podiatrist will also order an x-ray of your bunion to confirm the diagnosis and to use for monitoring the bunion’s progression in the future.
There are several conservative treatments available for bunions. The podiatrist may use one or a combination of these methods to diminish foot pain. Options include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Orthotic shoe inserts
- Foot pads
None of these measures, however, is able to structurally reposition the toe into its proper place and thus eliminate the bunion.
At a certain point, the foot doctor may recommend surgery as the best possible treatment for your bunion. There are many different surgical procedures used to correct bunions. The podiatrist will determine the best surgery for your individual case. We offer two proprietary procedures for bunions:
Lapiplasty—addresses the symptom and cause of your bunion
Scarfplasty—this procedure allows for all planes of the deformity to be corrected at once, which shortens the recovery time. With the Scarf Procedure, bunions on both feet can be corrected simultaneously. Most patients can return to wearing regular shoes within 7-10 days of the surgery.
If you are experiencing bunion discomfort, don’t put off getting an evaluation. Request an appointment at any of our 19 conveniently located Illinois locations by calling: 847-390-7666.