Bunions services offered in Corona and Ontario, CA

Bunions cause pain and stiffness that increases over time. Fortunately, there are effective management and treatment options available at Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. The team of podiatrists, including Norris Morrison, DPM, Lateef Lawal, DPM, and Brian Constantine, DPM, offers noninvasive and surgical treatments for bunions in the office in Corona and Ontario, California, so there’s no need to live in pain. Book your appointment online or call the office nearest to you now.

What are bunions?

Bunions are a joint abnormality causing a bony bump at the bottom of your big toe, on the side of the foot. A bunion develops when the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint that connects your big toe to your foot moves out of alignment. 

The alignment change pushes your joint out to the side and makes your big toe lean towards (or over) your next toe. Eventually, the joint grows larger, and your body produces extra bone in that spot, creating the bony bump. 

What causes bunions?

The exact reason for bunions isn’t known at this time. Your inherited foot type, arthritis, and possibly wearing high heels frequently may all cause or contribute to bunions. 

Some neuromuscular disorders like cerebral palsy can also cause bunions, and in rare cases, babies may have bunions at the time of birth. 

What are the symptoms of bunions?

Bunions can cause issues including:

  • Big toe stiffness
  • MTP joint pain
  • Reddened skin around the MTP joint
  • Corns and calluses on the bunion bump or where the big toe overlaps the next toe
  • Difficulty fitting into your shoes
  • Unstable walking patterns

Because bunions cause changes in your foot balance, they can also lead to other foot problems like hammertoes.

What is the best treatment for bunions?

At Advanced Care Foot and Ankle, the compassionate specialists believe that the best bunion treatment is the one that fits your lifestyle and goals the best. For example, maybe you want to avoid surgery. In that case, the team can prescribe treatments like icing your feet, anti-inflammatory medication, toe taping, orthotics, and changing your footwear. 

Conservative treatments are especially helpful for smaller bunions that don’t cause significant discomfort or function issues. 

However, if you have a very large and painful bunion, surgery is usually the best way to correct the alignment issue causing your symptoms. The experienced team uses the most up-to-date surgical strategies, usually with tiny incisions and a same-day (or next day) return to walking. 

No matter what type of bunion care you need, the team is with you each step of the way, including follow-ups to make sure that you’re out of pain.

Do you have a bunion that’s causing embarrassment and pain? Let the Advanced Care Foot and Ankle team examine your foot and recommend a personalized solution! Call the office nearest to you or click on the provided scheduling link for help now.