Many people suffer from painful bunion deformities. Thankfully there are treatment alternatives available to alleviate the pain and correct the deformity. Conservative treatment options for bunions include: wearing shoes that are wide enough to prevent pressure on the bunion, taking anti-inflammatory medications, and using foot pads.
If these measures don't help there are surgical procedures available to correct the deformity and alleviate the pain. In general, the worse the bunion deformity, the more extensive the surgery and the longer the recovery. Mild bunion deformities can be corrected with simple procedures putting you back in your shoes in two weeks. Correction of moderate deformities typically require partial weight bearing after one week, progressing to full weight bearing in a removable boot at two weeks and back into a show between four and six weeks after surgery. Surgical procedures for the most advanced type of bunion deformities can result in no weight bearing for eight to twelve weeks.
X-rays of the foot along with a clinical exam performed by your podiatrist are essential in determining which procedures will be necessary to achieve the best outcome.