Bunion Treatment New Orleans LA A bunion is a bone deformity caused by an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint). Bunions form when the toe moves out of place. The enlargement and its protuberance cause friction and pressure as they rub against footwear. Over time, the movement of the big toe angles in toward the other toes, sometimes overlapping a third toe (known as Hallux Valgus). The growing enlargement or protuberance then causes more irritation or inflammation. In some cases, the big toe moves toward the second toe and rotates or twists, which is known as Hallus Abducto Valgus. Bunions can also lead to other toe deformities, such as hammertoes .

Many of our patients with bunions suffer from discomfort and pain from the constant irritation, rubbing, and friction of the enlargement against shoes. The skin over the toe becomes red and tender. Because this joint flexes with every step, the bigger the bunion gets, the more it hurts to walk. Over time, bursitis or arthritis may set in, the skin on the bottom of the foot may become thicker, and everyday walking may become difficult—all contributing to chronic pain.

Because they are bone deformities, bunions do not disappear by themselves. The goal for bunion treatment is twofold: to relieve the pressure and pain caused by irritations and to stop any progressive growth of the enlargement.

If you have a bunion, you're not alone! It is estimated that 33% of the populations of Western countries have bunions.

Causes of Bunions

  • Although not hereditary, they do tend to run in families because of faulty foot structure
  • Flat feet
  • Injuries
  • Neuromuscular problems
  • Occupations that require you to place great strain on your feet
  • Pronated feet (feet that roll inward when walking or running)
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight

Symptoms of Bunions

  • A bony bump on the side of your foot at the base of the big toe
  • Corns or other irritations caused by the overlap of the big and second toes
  • Pain, redness, or swelling at the metatarsophalangeal joint
  • Restricted or painful movement of the big toe

Conservative Treatment for Bunions

  • Changing to carefully fitted footwear designed to accommodate the bunion and not contribute toward its growth
  • Exercises to maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis
  • Orthotic devices—both over-the-counter and custom-made—to help stabilize the joint and place the foot in the correct position for walking and standing--NOPA offers more than 150 unique custom-made orthotics
  • Protective padding, often made from felt material, to eliminate the friction against shoes and to help reduce inflammation and skin problems
  • Removal of corns and calluses on the foot
  • Splints for nighttime wear to help the toes and joint align properly (This is often recommended for adolescents with bunions because their bones are still developing and may be adaptable.)

Surgical Treatment: When Conservative Care Is Not an Option

Depending on the size of the enlargement, misalignment of the toe, and pain experienced, conservative treatments may not be adequate to prevent progressive damage from bunions. In these cases, bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy, may be advised to remove the bunion and realign the toe. With over 26 years of surgical experience, Dr. Edward Lang, our board-certified surgical specialist, has performed thousands of successful foot and ankle proceedures. To ask a question  or to learn more about the benefits of bunion treatment or bunion surgery, send us a question via the "Ask A Question Now" link or call our office today at (504) 897-3627.

For more information on bunion treatment, call New Orleans Podiatry Associates in New Orleans, LA, at (504) 897-3627. For the Metairie, LA, location, call (504) 457-2300.

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K. D. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Oct 05, 2021
Dr.Lang, and his staff are always extremely friendly , professional and helpful. This office is beautiful and I would definitely recommend it to everyone I know.
J. Z. (Verified Patient)
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Great Doctor and staff
T. J. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Sep 16, 2021
Dr. Edward Lang has been my podiatrist since 2012. I could not have chosen a more compassionate, understanding and excellent doctor. The staff in his office is so accommodating and empathetic to each patients unique situation. If you are in need of a Podiatrist; do not hesitate to call Dr. Lang's office. You will not be disappoint
J. C. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
Mi esposo Carlos Cortez y yo estamos muy satisfechos 0 con el servicio del Doctor Lang, ya que mi esposo tuvo un accidente en su trabajo y se daño el tendón de su pie izquierdo, Él fue donde el primer doctor y este dijo que mi esposo no necesitaba cirugía, que solo con terapia podía repararlo, pero no nos convecimos de ese doctor y
S. W. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
I can't believe the luck I had in finding this place a few years ago. The sense of family between the staff is something you feel even as a patient there. Dr. Lang and staff work as a team, are very thorough and do everything imaginable to make you happy and comfortable. Everyone here cares about how you ate feeling and all of your n
M. B. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
Dr Lang and his office are the epitome of professional, kindness and caring.
A. W. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
I was so thankful I was referred to Dr. Lang for a foot injury due to tennis. Dr. Lang and his team made me feel welcome and took care of all of my needs. My foot healed great and I am so thankful to be back on the court!
M. L. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
Recently had an ingrown toenail removed. I was very anxious and nervous about the pain and getting it removed but the doctor and staff made me as comfortable as possible. The removal was not nearly as bad as I had anticipated. The doctor is very friendly and so gentle that I didn't even know he had started the procedure when he did.
B. D. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
Dr. Lang is an amazing podiatrist. Working in the service industry for over a decade ,took a toll on both of my feet. Dr. Lang, performed both bunion surgeries on me. Best decision I ever made, I am able to stand with out any of my feet aching. I can once again fit comfortably in my shoes. Thank You !!! Dr.Lang
A. E. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
The people running this place are amazing 🤩 people ! Leyla Aviles
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