Many times bunions can be managed, but not cured, with non-surgical treatments, including the following
- Wearing footwear in the correct size with good padding and arch support
- Placing bunion shields over the area of the bunion
- Avoiding activity that causes bunion pain
- Taking anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen
- Applying ice packs
- Injections of corticosteroids by a doctor to reduce inflammation
However, if a bunion gets progressively worse, then surgery is likely to be the only option. Traditional bunion surgery leaves scars on the outside of the foot and scar tissue inside the foot, which results in more pain and swelling. There may also be a loss of range of motion for the big toe, which requires physical therapy.
Fortunately, Dr. K's AMI-BUNION® bunion surgery uses a much smaller incision than traditional bunion surgery. This means no scarring on the outside of the foot and very little, if any, scar tissue inside the foot. Dr. K's patients normally experience far less swelling and pain than people who have traditional bunion surgery.