That painful bony bump at the base of your big toe is a bunion, and without proper treatment, it’s only going to get worse. With his extensive experience in diagnosing and treating bunion deformities, Tim Grace, DPM, of Family Foot Health Center can help you get relief from bunion discomfort, often without surgery. Schedule your bunion evaluation at this Puyallup, Washington-based practice by clicking on the online scheduler. You can also call the office directly to book.

Bunions Q & A

What causes bunions?

Bunions are deformities that develop at the base of your big toe. They form as your big toe joint starts changing shape because your big toe gets pushed out of proper alignment. In many cases, frequently wearing snug-fitting shoes and high heels are to blame.

But improper footwear isn’t the only reason you have bunions. You might be prone to developing bunions due to:

  • Inherited foot structure
  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Arthritis

In some cases, bunions form because of previous trauma or injury. No matter what’s causing your bunion, it’s important to have it evaluated early on. Bunions are progressive. Without proper treatment, your joint deformity is only going to get worse.

Do bunions cause pain?

Bunions are known for being sore and painful. Over time, they continue becoming swollen, tender, and inflamed. Bunions can also lead to:

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Arch pain
  • Joint pain
  • Redness over the joint

The more your bunion progresses, the more likely you are to experience joint stiffness and limited range of motion. Before your bunion gets to this point, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Grace at Family Foot Health Center.

When should I see a podiatrist for a bunion?

It’s never too early to schedule a bunion evaluation. Early treatment intervention is key to preventing serious pain and inflammation.

Ideally, you should visit with Dr. Grace as soon as your bunion forms. But if your bunion is starting to keep you from your job, hobbies, or daily activities, schedule an examination at Family Foot Health Center right away.

Do I need surgery for a bunion?

You might, but because bunion surgery often requires some extensive downtime, Dr. Grace usually tries to find conservative solutions to help you first. Your bunion treatment plan at Family Foot Health Center may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Padding, taping, or splinting
  • Specialized toe stretches
  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics

If you have a severe bunion, or if noninvasive measures aren’t enough, Dr. Grace might recommend bunion surgery. Using minimally invasive measures, Dr. Grace can realign your toe joint and resolve your bunion deformity permanently.

Schedule your bunion evaluation at Family Foot Health Center today. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call our office at (253) 841-4262.