Family Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Greenville, TX & Rockwall, TX

Those throbbing, swollen, tender bunions at the base of your big toes aren’t anything you should ignore. With the help of Steven Brancheau, DPM; Paul Brancheau, DPM; and Ryan Pinedo, DPM, at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Greenville and Rockwall, Texas, you can undergo an integrative bunion treatment plan and experience the pain relief you deserve. Get started on your bunion treatment by booking an exam online or by calling the clinic nearest you directly to schedule.

Bunions Q & A

Why do bunions develop?

Bunions occur when you have pressure on your big toe joint, which forces your big toe to lean towards your smaller toes. It takes time, but your bones and connective tissues start adjusting to this crooked position. Your joint gradually changes shape to help keep your big toe in a crooked alignment.

In most cases, bunions develop in people who are already genetically predisposed to them or who have other types of joint displacement issues. But that painful bony bump — a significant joint deformity — can occur for other reasons, too. Your risk of bunions increases because of:

  • Pointy, snug, or otherwise ill-fitting shoes
  • Foot or toe injury or trauma
  • High arches or flat feet

Bunions are also more prevalent in anyone struggling with an inflammatory condition, including rheumatoid arthritis. 

What are the symptoms of bunions?

From minor to severe, bunion symptoms can certainly vary. Most bunion sufferers complain of pain in their forefoot that often occurs when wearing snug shoes. Depending on the severity of your bunion, you may also experience:

  • Limited toe range of motion (joint stiffness)
  • Throbbing, burning, or stabbing pains
  • Inflammation and swelling

Bunions become problematic because they can affect your gait. You may find that you have to change the way you step or stand to avoid bearing weight on your forefoot. This can lead to secondary issues, including ankle or even knee pain. 

Before your bunions progress any further, contact Family Foot & Ankle Specialists to see how the team can help. 

How does a podiatrist treat bunions?

Your dedicated podiatrist at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists gathers X-ray images (if needed) and examines your feet. 

They talk with you about the symptoms you experience and counsel you about all treatment paths. Usually, treating bunions begins with a conservative approach. Bunion treatment plans can include:

  • Wearing wider, roomier shoes
  • Getting fitted for custom orthotics
  • Taking anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Starting physical therapy 
  • Getting steroid injections 

For cases that don’t respond to these types of treatments, surgery may be the next best option. Your podiatrist at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists can use minimally invasive measures to reposition your toe, rearrange ligaments and tendons, and remove the bony bump. 

The goal of your bunion surgery (bunionectomy) is to relieve your symptoms and to keep your toe in proper alignment. 

Before your bunion pain progresses, contact Family Foot & Ankle Specialists to get started on treatment. You can conveniently schedule through the website or over the phone with either office.