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Board Certified Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Podiatry located in Palm Desert, CA & Indio, CA

Medically known as a hallux valgus, a bunion is one of the most common foot deformities podiatrists treat. With their expertise in innovative bunion care, board-certified podiatrist, Ben Wehrli, DPM, of Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute can help you recover from unbearable bunion pain once and for all. Learn more about modern bunion solutions by booking an evaluation at this Rancho Mirage, California-based practice. Click on the online scheduler, or call the clinic directly.

Bunion Q & A

Why do I have bunions?

Bunions often begin as an inherited deformity or faulty foot mechanics, such as having flat feet. They develop gradually over time, especially if your big toe is put under pressure from your footwear.

For instance, if you wear pointy or high-heeled shoes regularly, your big toe is forced to rest on top of your smaller toes. With daily wear, your big toe eventually stays in this position as your joint structure changes entirely. You also risk developing bunions because of trauma, injury, or even arthritis.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

Since bunions are progressive, you might not have symptoms initially. However, as your condition worsens, you’re probably going to experience some uncomfortable side effects. As that bony bump at the base of your big toe continues to worsen, you could have:

  • Toe stiffness
  • Redness over the bump
  • Stabbing or burning pains
  • Limited range of motion

You’re also probably going to notice that you start developing unsightly calluses and even painful corns, since your bunion and toes are going to rub the insides of your shoes abnormally. Even if your bunion is just forming or not causing chronic issues yet, you have plenty of options for treatment at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute.

Is there a treatment for bunions?

Yes! Between conservative pain-relieving solutions and minimally invasive bunion surgery, you can get the comprehensive bunion care you need at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute. Your bunion treatment plan may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Bunion shield pads
  • Strapping and taping
  • Custom-designed orthotics
  • Personalized shoe fittings
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

If conservative solutions aren’t enough, you might be a candidate for a minimally invasive bunion (MIB) plating technique system, which was created by the board-certified podiatrists at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute.

This procedure involves implanting multi-directional screws and titanium plates, so your toe joint can be perfectly realigned and function as it should. The groundbreaking technology behind the MIB system results in minimal soft tissue disruption, so you have a faster recovery.

Get relief from bunion discomfort by scheduling an exam at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle Institute today. Book your visit online or over the phone.