bunionsBunions are a common foot condition characterized by the development of a bony bump at the base of the big toe. This condition, known as hallux valgus, can cause discomfort, pain, and difficulty in finding properly fitting footwear.

Bunions can make it difficult to work, exercise, spend time with loved ones, or enjoy your favorite hobbies, but there is hope even if non-surgical treatments like orthotics don’t provide relief. Dr. Alireza Khosroabadi has developed the AMI-BUNION® procedure to quickly and effectively relieve bunion pain so you can get back to making the most of each day.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is when the big toe leans toward the second toe, instead of pointing straight ahead. A bunion also throws the bones out of alignment, producing the bunion’s “bump” on the side of the foot.

Bunions are most often caused by an inherited problem within the structure of the foot. Certain foot types can make a person more likely to develop a bunion.

Symptoms of Bunions

Symptoms of bunions include

  • Pain
  • Soreness
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Burning sensation
  • Numbness

Symptoms often happen when wearing shoes that crowd the toes, such as a tight toe box or high heels; that’s why women are more likely to have symptoms than men. Spending long periods of time on the feet can worsen the symptoms of bunions.

Diagnosing Bunions

To diagnose this condition, a foot and ankle doctor may take X-rays to determine the degree of your bunions. Once your foot and ankle surgeon has evaluated your bunion, a treatment plan can be developed.

Treatment of Bunions

Treatments are aimed at easing the pain of bunions, but they won’t reverse the deformity itself. These treatments include:

  • Choose shoes with a wide toe box and avoid those with pointed toes or high heels.
  • Place pads over the area of the bunion to help minimize pain. 
  • Avoid activity that causes bunion pain, including standing for long periods.
  • Use oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Apply an ice pack several times a day to reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Try injections of corticosteroids to treat the inflamed bursa sometimes seen with bunions.
  • Consider custom orthotic devices.

Surgical Treatment of Bunions 

If non-surgical treatments fail and the pain of a bunion interferes with daily activities, it’s time to discuss surgery with a foot and ankle surgeon. Together you can decide if surgery is best for you.

Surgical procedures are designed to remove the “bump” of bone, fix the changes in the bony structure of the foot, and correct soft tissue changes. The length of the recovery period will vary, depending on the procedure or procedures performed.

Dr. K’s AMI-BUNION® surgery offers many benefits over traditional bunion surgery—including a reduced recovery time. Patients typically walk without crutches the day after surgery; some have even returned to work in just one week. 

Let Us Help You Put a Stop to Bunion Pain

The thought of foot surgery might be scary, but when you learn about Dr. K's minimally invasive technique for correcting bunions, you will be relieved to learn that there is little scarring and only a few days of downtime. Schedule an appointment in Woodland Hills—or meet Dr. K for a virtual consultation—to find out if AMI-BUNION ® bunion surgery is an option for you.