Bunions are excess and/or
misaligned bone in a joint, usually located on the big toe. They are caused by
incorrect foot mechanics, most often in combination with a natural tendency to
develop them. Bunions are three times more common in women. Bunions almost
always occur in conjunction with hallux valgus, a condition where the great toe
drifts sideways toward the middle toes.Despite common belief that shoes cause bunions, shoes usually only
irritate a bunion that no longer fits in the shoe.Wider shoes and cushioning pads can help.An ambulatory surgery is the usual cure for
bunions, with 3 to 8 weeks for recovery and a return to shoes, depending on the
severity of the bunion/ hallux valgus deformity.
Weight-bearing foot X-rays are used to determine the severity of the
bunion, and to plan for the proper correction, if needed.A consult with Dr. Staley could address your
concern of a bunion and how to properly treat it.