Bunions & Bunionettes

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What is a bunion?

Bunions are one of the most commonly treated conditions by foot and ankle surgeons. This is a condition where the big toe starts to drift, resulting in a large bump on the inside of the foot that is irritated with shoegear. Hallux Abductovalgus is the official term for this condition, which describes a complex biomechanical dysfunction in the foot. When feet are forced to bear weight unevenly, the joint of the big toe can become unstable, leading to the formation of a bony knob at the base of the big toe.

Bunionettes (Tailor’s Bunion)

Bunions and Bunionette TreatmentsSimilar to a regular bunion, a Tailor’s Bunion, or bunionette, is a smaller prominence that develops on the base of the little toe known as the metatarsophalangeal joint. Bunionettes frequently result from a malformation or injury to the foot and can be exacerbated by poorly fitting shoes.


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Give us a call if you are suffering from bunion pain. The sooner you seek treatment for a bunion, the more likely it can be treated with non-surgical methods. Our physicians are highly skilled and experienced in bunion treatment. Contact Renova today to learn more about how we can help.

FAQ: Bunions & Bunionettes

I've broken my big toe several times and now have a bunion on my foot. Is that the cause?

Bunions can form due to several factors. Repeated injury as well as genetic predisposition and congenital deformity are thought to be the main causes of bunions.

Is it true that wearing high heels causes bunions to form?

While bunion pain can be exacerbated by narrow, poorly fitting shoes, it is not likely that the shoes themselves cause bunions. However, if you have a genetic predisposition toward bunions or have experienced repeated foot trauma, it is wise to avoid wearing high heels or simply to limit the amount of time you spend wearing them.

What's the difference between a bunionette (tailor’s bunion) and a corn?

While A bunionette or tailor’s bunion is primarily a joint issue, resulting in an enlargement of the joint at the bottom of the little toe, corns are a skin formation caused by friction. When corns are surgically removed by a doctor, they are simply trimmed off. However, to correct bunions and bunionettes, surgery typically involves realigning or removing part of the toe bones.

Can bunions be corrected without surgery?

Bunion pain can be treated non-surgically using shoe inserts and over-the-counter pain relievers, or by taping and padding the foot to relieve stress on affected areas. However, surgery is the only way to remove a bunion. Bunions can worsen over time and lead to further foot problems like hammertoe, joint arthritis, or dislocation of the toe.

What does bunion surgery involve and what is the recovery period like after bunion surgery?

There are more than 100 surgical methods used to treat bunions. They type of surgery chosen depends on the particular needs of the patient.  A bunionectomy can be performed to remove swollen tissue from the toe and realigning bones of the foot. A surgeon may also choose to realign or remove portions of the affected bones.The severity of the bunion will typically determine how long recovery time lasts. Time can range from six weeks to six months. Stitches may be removed one to three weeks after the procedure. If pins are used in the procedure, they may be removed three to four weeks later.A variety of boots, casts, splints or special shoes may be used during recovery, typically for about one to two months. Patients are often able to resume normal activity about six to eight weeks after surgery. In some more serious cases, patients must wait up to eight weeks before putting weight on their foot.

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