Bunion Surgery

Bunion Surgery in Atlanta, GA

What is a Bunion and What Causes It?

A bunion is a large, hard bump next to your big toe. Bunions are caused by a genetic bone deformity causing your big toe joint to protrude outward. The toe joint rubs against the inside of your shoe, causing irritation, inflammation, and eventually, bunion formation.

Home Treatments for Small Bunions

If you have a small bunion, you may be able to get relief by following a few simple steps. You should:

  • Apply ice to the bunion several times each day
  • Elevate your foot to take pressure off the bunion
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
  • Wear inserts and cushions in your shoes
  • Change to wider, more supportive shoes

When You Should Consider Bunion Surgery

You should consider bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy, if you:

  • Can’t wear shoes because the bunion is too painful
  • Are experiencing limits to walking and standing because of bunion pain
  • Your quality of life is affected due to bunion pain

Types of Bunion Surgery

Your podiatrist may recommend two main types of bunion surgery:

Head procedures to realign the big toe joint. During this procedure, the bone is cut and realigned into the proper position and held in place by titanium pins or screws. This type of bunion surgery allows you to stay as mobile as possible.

Base procedures to split or modify the bone around the big toe joint. During this procedure, the joint is moved into the correct position, and it may be fused. Base procedures may also involve moving ligaments in the toe to provide increased support and mobility.

Recovery From Bunion Surgery

After your bunion surgery, you may require assistive devices including crutches or a surgical shoe. Sutures are removed after about 2 weeks.

Prevention of Bunions

The most effective step you can take to prevent bunion formation is to wear shoes with a wide toe box, so your toes have enough room to move around. Avoid shoes with a narrow, pointed toe, and don’t wear high heels.

Want To Know More About Bunions and Bunion Surgery?

To learn more about bunion surgery, call Drs. Heather Hall Morse, Raymond Noonan, and Abigail Skov at Northside Podiatry in Atlanta, GA. You can reach them in the office by calling (404) 843-0090, so call today.

Northside Podiatry


5505 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE Ste 420,
Atlanta, GA 30342-1713