Our Chicago Bunion Foot Doctors Can Help With Your Bunion Treatment

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A bunion deformity, or Hallux valgus,  involves the large joint in the big toe. In the simplest terms, a bunion is a partial dislocation of the joint at the base of the big toe. As the dislocated big toe moves toward the smaller toes, the head of the 1st metatarsal becomes more prominent, forming a visible bump. Bunions can be painful, and although they may look like an abnormal growth, they are, in fact, a dislocated joint. Bunions form over time and can cause improper foot function, not to mention uncomfortable shoes. Just like any dislocated joint, bunions will worsen if left untreated and affect the health of your foot.

As the joint moves more out of place and the bunion worsens,  increased pain is experienced, as well as local swelling. Since a bump is forming on the outside of your toe, it makes sense that your shoes will become tight and may cause redness. At times, you may also feel a “burning” sensation that’s generally caused by ill-fitting shoes pinching a nerve.

Causes Of Bunions

Bunions can form for several different reasons. Some people are born with bunion deformities, while others develop them over time. Heredity has been shown to play a prominent role in bunion formation, with certain families having multiple members with bunions. Statistically, women are more likely than men to form bunions. Abnormal mechanical function of the foot is also a main link to the growth of bunions.

As a bunion increases in size, the big toe will push to position itself beneath the second and third toes, causing a hammertoe deformity. There are certain cases where a fluid-filled cyst, or bursal sack, will grow between the skin and the joint. The bursal sack is your body’s natural attempt to protect the area from the bunion. In most cases, these developments end up causing you more pain. The best way to avoid pain is to have your bunion treated as soon as possible.

It’s a common misconception that ill-fitting shoes cause bunions. Although this is incorrect, the shoes that you wear do have a direct impact on the comfort of your feet. If you have a bunion, steer clear of shoes that are high-heeled, have pointed toes, or are too small for your feet, as they will cause irritation and increased pain of your bunion deformity.

Treatment For Bunions

When the toe joint is not functioning properly, the rest of your foot and ankle will also be affected over time. In order to accurately diagnose a bunion deformity, a podiatrist will look at your medical history, perform a complete physical examination and a bio-mechanical evaluation, plus use x-ray technology. Once complete, the doctor will be able to make a diagnosis and recommend treatment for your condition.

Bunion treatment varies and consists of orthotic shoe inserts, foot pads, anti-inflammatory medication, and other pain-relieving treatment methods. Many podiatrists use a combination of these methods to relieve or diminish foot pain. Alternative methods, like splints or digital wedges, have not proven to be effective in correcting a bunion deformity, and none of the above methods will provide a structural reposition of the toe joint.

Our podiatrists at Weil Foot & Ankle may find that surgical treatment is the best course of action for your bunion. If this is the case, there are many surgical procedures that have been developed over the last 150 years to remove bunions and restore the toe joint to it’s original position. After a proper evaluation, our podiatrist will determine which treatment method is right for your specific case.

At Weil Foot & Ankle, we proudly offer two proprietary procedures available for treating bunions.
Lapiplasty – which addresses the symptom AND cause of your bunion, and
Scarfplasty – which allows for all planes of deformity to be corrected at once, therefore shortening recovery time and allowing you to bear weight on your feet immediately.

The surgeons at the Weil Foot & Ankle Institute developed a bunion surgery called the “Scarf Procedure,” in which both of your feet are corrected simultaneously. Most patients can return to wearing regular shoes 7-10 days after surgery.

Surgical procedures for bunion removal are usually performed on an outpatient basis in a surgical center or hospital. In many cases, we can treat your bunions and any other foot deformities, like hammertoes, corns, or calluses, at the same time.

Recovery For Bunion Treatment

After your surgical procedure, the foot is bandaged and a special post operative shoe must be worn for one week. Beyond the first week, athletic shoes may be worn, but weight-bearing exercise and prolonged standing are not recommended for 6-8 weeks, depending on the severity of your case. It’s important to stay active in some way in order to stay healthy while you’re recovering, plus a home exercise program is beneficial for regaining strength and flexibility. Once healing is complete, you can return to normal activity and wear regular shoes.

Over 200,000 Happy Feet Have Found Relief With Our Award-Winning Chicago Foot Doctors

For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (847)390-7666. Call Weil Foot & Ankle Institute for 5-star bunion treatment in Aurora, Chicago, Des Plaines, Glenview, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, and Roselle, IL!

 

Watch Dr. Lowell Weil Jr.’s Replay of His Recent Webinar –
How-To Get Rid Of Your Bunion(s) Forever & Be Walking Again With Minimal Pain In As Little As A Week

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Research & Publications On Bunions

View research and publications from Weil Foot & Ankle Institute on bunion surgery:

  • Retrospective Comparison of Patients Undergoing Formal Physical Therapy Versus No Physical Therapy Following Bunion Correction
  • Scarf Osteotomy for the Correction of Adolescent Hallux Valgus
    (Foot & Ankle Specialist, February 2010)
  • Unilateral Versus Bilateral First Ray Surgery
    (Foot & Ankle Specialist, June 2009)
  • Predicting articular erosion in hallux valgus: clinical, radiographic, and intraoperative analysis
    (Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, January/February 2005)
  • Mastering The Scarf Bunionectomy
    (Podiatry Today, January 2003)
  • ACFAS Universal Foot and Ankle Scoring System: First Metatarsophalangeal Joint and First Ray (module 1)
    (Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, January/February 2002)
  • Scarf osteotomy for correction of hallux valgus. Historical perspective, surgical technique, and results
    (Foot and Ankle Clinics, September 2000)
  • Bipartite tibial sesamoid and hallux abducto valgus deformity: a previously unreported correlation
    (Journal of Foot Surgery, March/April 1992)
  • Hallux abductus interphalangeus. Etiology, x-ray evaluation and treatment
    (Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, February 1992)

Learn More About Our Treatment Options For Bunions At Weil Foot & Ankle!

Over 200,000 patients have found relief from their foot pain, and we’re confident we can help you too. Tackle your bunion fears and schedule a consultation now. Your feet will thank you!

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  • "I urge anyone in need of bunion surgery to see Dr Lowell Weil. My life is forever changed and I am so grateful! Oh and my feet are now PRETTY! Thank you again!"

    - Sky N.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • "Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I have been with Weil foot and Ankle for nine years and Dr. Weil Jr. has taken care of all my foot problems. He is the best."

    - Maureen M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I had joint fusion surgery on July 31, 2014 and everyone there was great with all my questions. "

    - Maureen M. – Joint Fusion
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “I was super nervous about the surgery but all the staff made me feel welcome and safe, before my surgery, I remember everything was clean, and everybody were professional.”

    - Michelle K. – Toe Surgery
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. David O’Brian and his staff in Roselle are the best! My entire family has seen Dr. O’Brian for over 10 years. "

    - Mary Pat H. – Foot Pain
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Cernak, Thank you for being such an amazing DOCTOR! The way you care for us can’t be matched by anyone! (and hasn’t!) Your knowledge is incredible too.”

    - Sara R.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • "I urge anyone in need of bunion surgery to see Dr Lowell Weil. My life is forever changed and I am so grateful! Oh and my feet are now PRETTY! Thank you again!"

    - Sky N.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • "Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I have been with Weil foot and Ankle for nine years and Dr. Weil Jr. has taken care of all my foot problems. He is the best."

    - Maureen M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I had joint fusion surgery on July 31, 2014 and everyone there was great with all my questions. "

    - Maureen M. – Joint Fusion
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “I was super nervous about the surgery but all the staff made me feel welcome and safe, before my surgery, I remember everything was clean, and everybody were professional.”

    - Michelle K. – Toe Surgery
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. David O’Brian and his staff in Roselle are the best! My entire family has seen Dr. O’Brian for over 10 years. "

    - Mary Pat H. – Foot Pain
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Cernak, Thank you for being such an amazing DOCTOR! The way you care for us can’t be matched by anyone! (and hasn’t!) Your knowledge is incredible too.”

    - Sara R.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • "I urge anyone in need of bunion surgery to see Dr Lowell Weil. My life is forever changed and I am so grateful! Oh and my feet are now PRETTY! Thank you again!"

    - Sky N.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • "Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I have been with Weil foot and Ankle for nine years and Dr. Weil Jr. has taken care of all my foot problems. He is the best."

    - Maureen M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I had joint fusion surgery on July 31, 2014 and everyone there was great with all my questions. "

    - Maureen M. – Joint Fusion
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “I was super nervous about the surgery but all the staff made me feel welcome and safe, before my surgery, I remember everything was clean, and everybody were professional.”

    - Michelle K. – Toe Surgery
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. David O’Brian and his staff in Roselle are the best! My entire family has seen Dr. O’Brian for over 10 years. "

    - Mary Pat H. – Foot Pain
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Cernak, Thank you for being such an amazing DOCTOR! The way you care for us can’t be matched by anyone! (and hasn’t!) Your knowledge is incredible too.”

    - Sara R.
    best chicago podiatrists
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Weil Foot & Ankle Institute. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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