Bunions Specialist

Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists located in Aurora, CO

Bunions can cause pain during simple activities like walking or wearing shoes, but board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon Erik J. Thelander, DPM, FACFAS, can help. Dr. Thelander and the expert podiatry team at Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists in Aurora, Colorado, offer on-site X-rays and same-day, outpatient bunion surgery. If a painful bunion is interfering with your daily activities, call or book an appointment online.

Bunions

Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a swollen, bony bump that forms on the inside of your foot at the base of the big toe joint. Bunions develop slowly and can become more painful over time. A smaller bunion that develops on the joint of your little toe is called a bunionette.

How do I know if I have a bunion?

If the base of your big toe develops a swollen, tender bump that causes your big toe to slant inward toward your second toe, you may have a bunion. Other signs and symptoms of a bunion include:

  • Redness and swelling around your big toe joint
  • Corns or calluses where your big toe and second toe overlap
  • Persistent or intermittent pain
  • Difficulty walking or wearing shoes

Without proper treatment, bunions can become progressively worse and lead to persistent (chronic) foot pain or deformity.

What causes bunions?

You’re more likely to develop a bunion if someone in your family has had one, so there may be a genetic cause for this condition.

However, most bunions develop from wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow. Although anyone can get a bunion, about 90% of bunion sufferers are women who wear high heels. Wearing high heels or poorly fitting shoes can force your toes into a crowded position. Over time, this can lead to a bunion.

How do you treat bunions?

Dr. Thelander begins with a thorough exam and review of your medical history. After the exam, he may take an X-ray — conveniently located right in the office — to evaluate the severity of your bunion.

Then, he discusses the best treatment options for your particular condition. Many bunions can be treated with conservative, nonsurgical methods, such as:

  • Switching to roomy, comfortable shoes
  • Using a bunion pad for cushioning
  • Wearing foot orthotics
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medicines to relieve pain

For advanced bunions that cause painful symptoms, Dr. Thelander may recommend surgery to remove swollen tissue and correct your foot alignment. He performs same-day outpatient procedures right in his office.

If you suffer from bunions, call Centennial Foot and Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online for expert treatment today.