Bunions in Oak Park, IL

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A bunion deformity, also known as Hallux valgus, affects the large joint in the big toe. In its simplest terms, a bunion is a partial dislocation of the joint at the base of the big toe. The dislocated big toe moves toward the smaller toes, making the head of the 1st metatarsal more prominent, and forming a visible bump. Bunions can be painful, and while they may look like an abnormal growth, they are actually a dislocated joint. Bunions form over time and can cause improper foot function. Just like any dislocated joint, bunions will get worse if left untreated and affect the health of your foot. If you’re suffering from bunions in Oak Park, IL, our office can help you get back on your feet!

As the joint moves more out of place and the bunion worsens, you will experience increased pain and swelling, and wearing shoes will become uncomfortable. Since a bump is forming on the outside of your toe, your shoes will become tight and this may cause redness. You may also feel a “burning” sensation that’s generally caused by ill-fitting shoes pinching a nerve.

Causes of Bunions

Some people are born with bunion deformities, while others develop them over time. There is a hereditary factor 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. Another link to the growth of bunions is an abnormal mechanical function of the foot.

Impact of Bunions

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

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

How We Treat Bunions

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

Treatment for bunions vary depending on your condition 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 approaches, 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 option 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 its original position. After a proper evaluation, our podiatrist will determine which treatment method is best for your specific case.

Weil Foot & Ankle proudly offers two proprietary procedures for treating bunions:

 

  • Lapiplasty – which addresses the symptom AND cause of your bunion, and
  • Scarfplasty – this corrects all planes of deformity at once, 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 within 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 you may have, like hammertoes, corns, or calluses, at the same time.

Recovery From Bunion Treatment 

After your surgical procedure, your foot will be bandaged and a special post-operative shoe must be worn for one week. After the first week, you may wear athletic shoes, but weight-bearing exercise and prolonged standing are not recommended for 6-8 weeks, depending on how severe your case is. However, it’s important to stay active in some way in order to stay healthy while you’re recovering. An exercise program at home is beneficial for regaining strength and flexibility and once you are healed, you can return to your normal activities and wear regular shoes.

Contact Our Office to Learn More About Bunions in Oak Park, IL!

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 Oak Park, Arlington Heights, Bannockburn, Chicago, Des Plaines, Glenview, Lemont, Libertyville, Lincoln Park, Roselle, & Tinley Park, Illinois (IL)!

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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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