Bunion Specialist

Alex Urteaga, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Foot and Ankle Clinic of Central Texas

Alex Urteaga, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in New Braunfels, TX

Bunions can lead to chronic foot pain and make it difficult to find shoes that fit. Alex Urteaga, DPM, of Foot and Ankle Clinic of Central Texas, offers surgical and nonsurgical treatments for bunions. Serving the New Braunfels, Texas, community, Foot & Ankle Clinic of Central Texas is dedicated to getting patients back on their feet again. If you’re suffering from the pain or deformity associated with bunions, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Bunion Q & A

What causes bunions?

Bunions are bony bumps that typically form at the base of your big toe. They are structural problems that result from heredity, wearing narrow shoes, or arthritis. Bunions develop slowly and change the structure of your big toe joint over time. They make it painful to walk or wear shoes.

How do I know if I have a bunion?

If you develop a bunion at the base of your big toe, you may experience any of the following:

  • Swelling, redness, or soreness in your big toe
  • A bulging bump at the outer base of your big toe
  • Pain that is persistent or intermittent
  • Restricted movement in your toe joint
  • Difficulty wearing shoes
  • Corns and calluses from overlapping toes

If the bunion doesn’t bother you, medical treatment isn’t always necessary. But if you experience persistent pain and discomfort, you should seek the professional care of the experienced podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Clinic of Central Texas. Left untreated, bunions can cause additional structural complications in your feet.

What effective bunion treatments are available?

There are several nonsurgical remedies for bunion pain. In many cases, wearing wider shoes that no longer put pressure on your big toe can help you successfully manage symptoms. You may also get pain relief from wearing protective bunion pads to cushion the bump on your toe.

Custom foot orthotics, toe spacers, and toe splints can also be effective in taking the pressure off of your toe. Furthermore, icing can relieve swelling, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can also help minimize swelling and arthritis pain.

If nonsurgical therapies don’t work, surgery to correct the bunion may be your best option. During surgery, your podiatrist will realign the bones, ligaments, and tendons in your big toe to relieve pressure. Most surgical bunion treatments are outpatient procedures, so you can return home the same day. Recovery from bunion surgery will take about 6-8 weeks before you can become as active as you’d like again.

For the most advanced technology in both nonsurgical and surgical treatments for bunions, call the experts at Foot and Ankle Clinic of Central Texas or book an appointment online.