Bunions are painful bony bumps that develop on the joint at the base of the big toe,
causing the big toe to push against the next toe and forcing the joint of the big toe to get bigger and stick out. At the Foot, Ankle and Leg Center of Rome, we offer comprehensive bunion treatments ranging from conservative management to advanced surgical options, aimed at relieving pain and correcting deformity.

Understanding Bunions:

Bunions, medically known as hallux valgus, can cause significant pain and discomfort, making it difficult to walk or wear shoes. They are often caused by genetic predispositions, improper footwear, or stress on the foot. While bunions can affect anyone, they are more common in women.

Causes of Bunions:

Key factors contributing to the development of bunions include:

  • Genetic Predisposition: Structural foot problems that are inherited.
  • Improper Footwear: Tight, narrow, and high-heeled shoes can contribute to bunion formation.
  • Arthritis: Certain types of arthritis can cause cartilage destruction, leading to bunions.
  • Foot Stress: Activities or occupations that put excessive stress on the feet.

Our Treatments for Bunions:

Non-Surgical Treatments:

  • Footwear Adjustments: Choosing shoes with a wide toe box to reduce pressure on the bunion.
  • Orthotic Devices: Custom orthotics to help distribute pressure evenly across the foot.
  • Padding and Taping: Protecting the bunion and keeping the foot in a normal position to alleviate pain.
  • Medications: NSAIDs to reduce pain and inflammation.

When conservative treatments do not provide relief, surgery might be considered. Bunion surgery aims to realign the joint, correct the deformity, and relieve pain. The specific procedure depends on the severity of the bunion.

Why Choose Our Center in Rome, GA?

The Foot, Ankle and Leg Center of Rome is at the forefront of bunion treatment, offering personalized care plans that integrate the latest in podiatric research and surgical techniques. Our goal is to help you achieve lasting relief from bunion pain and improve your overall foot health.


Q: How can I prevent bunions from getting worse?
A: Wearing properly fitting shoes, avoiding high heels, using custom orthotic devices, and performing exercises that strengthen the foot can help slow the progression of bunions.

Q: What is the recovery time after bunion surgery?
A: Recovery can vary widely depending on the type of surgery performed. Generally, patients may return to light activities within a few weeks, but full recovery can take several months.

Q: Is bunion surgery painful?
A: Modern surgical techniques and pain management strategies have significantly reduced the discomfort associated with bunion surgery. Most patients experience manageable pain that decreases over time.

Q: Can bunions come back after surgery?
A: While bunion surgery has a high success rate, bunions can recur, especially if the underlying causes, such as wearing tight shoes, are not addressed post-surgery.

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