Early bunion treatment options
Most early treatment options focus on relieving pressure on the bunion and keeping the joint deformity from getting worse. A podiatrist may recommend one or more of these treatments:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Cortisone injections
- Padding and taping
Advanced bunion treatment options
If early treatments don’t help or the bunion gets worse, we may recommend podiatric surgery. A surgeon will remove the bony enlargement and restore normal toe joint alignment to relieve pain.
A simple bunionectomy, in which the surgeon removes only the bony enlargement, may be used for mild to moderate bunions. Severe bunions may require a more involved procedure, in which the surgeon will cut the bone and realign the joint.