Bunions Specialist

Ankle and Foot Center of Florida

Podiatrists located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

That misshapen big toe joint leads to a painful bony bump — a bunion — that’s prone to agonizing swelling and tenderness. If you suffer from bunion discomfort, top-rated podiatrists Aldo Gonzalez, D.P.M. and Xavier Sanchez, D.P.M. provide conservative and surgical treatment solutions at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Before bunions start taking over your life, book online for an evaluation. You can also call the clinic to speak with a team member about a bunion exam.

Bunions Q & A

What causes bunions?

Bunions are gradually developing deformities that occur in the joint at the base of your big toe. In many cases, you have an underlying issue that’s contributing to this painful joint deformity. For instance, if you inherit unstable joints or flat feet, your risk of bunion development increases.

Bunions are also linked to improper footwear, including high heels and pointy shoes, which is why they tend to affect women more often than men. When you wear ill-fitting shoes on a daily basis, your big toe can’t lie comfortably in a straight and flat position. Instead, it makes room for itself by awkwardly bending and resting over or under your smaller toes.

Over an extended period of time, your big toe joint conforms to this new abnormal bend. It changes shape as connective tissues hold your toe in this crooked position. 

Your chances of struggling with bunions further go up if you have arthritic conditions, especially rheumatoid arthritis, or if you suffered from a toe injury or fracture. 

When should I see a podiatrist for bunions?

Bunions progress gradually over time, often over a period of years. Ideally, you should schedule a bunion exam at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida as soon as you start noticing a minor bump forming, or a change in the way your big toe positions itself.

Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. Sanchez especially encourage you to have a bunion evaluation if you’re experiencing:

  • Corns or calluses
  • Pain while walking
  • Tenderness or inflammation
  • Stiffness or limited toe range of motion

With on-site digital X-ray imaging available at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida — and 50-inch monitors in each exam room for clear viewing — our providers can diagnose the severity of your bunions quickly and discuss all of your treatment options with you.

Do I need surgery to treat bunions?

Typically, bunion surgery (bunionectomy) is reserved for cases where your bunions don’t respond to conservative therapies. Before going the surgical route, your doctor could recommend:

  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Taping, strapping, and splinting
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) 

If nonsurgical bunion treatments aren’t effective for you, your provider can use minimally invasive measures to realign your big toe joint, remove damaged tissues, and repair connective tissues. They provide the innovative three-plane correction Lapiplasty®, which is the latest and most advanced bunion correction procedure available.

Bunionectomies are almost always outpatient procedures. Plus, modern bunion surgeries like the Lapiplasty result in less downtime than in years past, so you can get back to many of your normal activities within a few weeks. 

You have plenty of options for bunion relief at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida. Find out more by booking a bunion evaluation online or over the phone today.