Frankford Podiatry Associates, PC



Bunions services offered in Philadelphia, PA

Noticing a bunion on your foot can be annoying or even downright scary. So let the Frankford Podiatry Associates, PC team get your toe back to normal with a comprehensive treatment plan. The providers can offer simple lifestyle modifications or even minimally invasive surgery to restore bunions to normal and relieve pain and discomfort. To learn more about treatment, call one of the three offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or book an appointment online today.

Bunions Q&A

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a type of foot deformity that develops when your toes move out of place, causing an enlargement of the joint at the base of the toe. While any toe can form into a bunion, your big toe is most often affected. Your enlarged joints and protuberance cause friction and pressure when they rub on your shoes, which may lead to discomfort.

Over time, the affected toes begin to shift inwards, sometimes overlapping other toes, or the joint may twist. Your enlarged, deformed toe may cause irritation, inflammation, and pain, and affect your ability to do your daily activities.

The podiatric team at Frankford Podiatry Associates, PC, specializes in the management of bunions and can develop a treatment plan to ease your discomfort so you can continue doing the things you enjoy.

What causes bunions?

Tight shoes are the leading cause of bunions. While bunions aren’t hereditary, you may be more at risk of developing foot deformity if it runs in your family, usually because of a faulty foot structure.

You may also be at risk of developing a bunion if you have a prior foot injury, flat feet, or pronated feet, a condition in which your feet turn inward or outward when you walk.

When should I seek medical help for my bunion?

You should schedule an appointment at Frankford Podiatry Associates, PC, as soon as you notice the change in your toes. While treatment isn’t always needed for bunions, especially during the early stages, your podiatrist can provide treatments and recommendations that may help ease future discomfort.

How are bunions treated?

The podiatric specialists at Frankford Podiatry Associates, PC, take a two-step approach to treating your bunions. First, the goal is to relieve pressure and pain caused by the deformity, and second, to stop any progressive growth.

Treatment for your bunion may include:

  • Protective padding
  • Removal of corns and calluses
  • Wearing carefully fitted footwear designed to accommodate your deformity
  • Custom orthotics
  • Exercises to improve joint mobility
  • Splints to wear while you sleep at night

If you fail to get relief from your bunion with conservative treatment, then your specialist at Frankford Podiatry Associates, PC, may recommend surgery, which is referred to as a bunionectomy. During the procedure, your doctor removes your bunion and realigns your toes.

For expert care of your bunion to minimize enlargement, call Frankford Podiatry Associates, PC today or book an appointment online.