Healthcare Tips

Bumping Bunion Pain Out of Your Life

March 3, 2022

Bunions can be bumps in the road to you living your best life. Because how can you enjoy much of anything if your feet hurt?

In some cases, bunions are just there—painless, bony protrusions under your big toes. If your bunions aren’t causing problems, there’s a good chance your doctor will recommend leaving them alone. But if they hurt, swell, cause corns or calluses, limit your toe movement, or make it hard to find shoes to fit, you might want to consider taking action. The good news is there’s plenty you can do to solve this bumpy issue.

Non-Surgical Treatments

Surgery probably isn’t the first solution your podiatrist will suggest to correct bunion pain. (And if you happen to have a bunionette—which occurs on the outside of your foot rather than the inside—nonsurgical treatments are probably the best way to relieve your discomfort.)

Here are a few non-surgical options.

Surgical Treatments 

If you try the alternatives, but none work, your podiatrist might recommend a surgical procedure called a bunionectomy. The surgery removes bunions and, oftentimes, moves your toes back into the correct position. 

Recovery time for a bunionectomy is from six to twelve weeks. You’ll be able to move around, but you will probably be asked to wear a protective boot as you heal. You might not be able to put all of your weight on your foot and physical therapy might also be prescribed.

When you have bunion surgery, your surgeon could use a few different techniques:

You shouldn’t have to live with pain and swelling from bunions. If you have questions about the surgical procedures available to correct bunions, check out our surgical site at, or if you want to know which treatment might be right for you, contact Dr. Wil Adams at Hancock Orthopedics.