Bunion Treatment Options [Video]

Ask the Expert: Foot and Ankle Video Series

About the video: Treatment options for a bunion?

Listen to our foot and ankle experts Tracy Rupke, M.D. and Michael Anderson, D.O. explain what a bunion is and what treatment options are available.

Meet Dr. Tracy Rupke

Dr. Rupke’s approach: “I am dedicated to providing the best care possible for my patients. I love running and understand every patient’s desire to return to their own life and activities.”

Dr. Rupke’s background: Much of Dr. Rupke’s training and education took place in Ontario, Canada. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph, earned her medical degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, and underwent residency training at the University of Ottawa. There she also completed a Sports Medicine fellowship, and she went on to train in the University of Washington’s Foot and Ankle Surgery fellowship program at  Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

Meet Dr. Michael Anderson

Dr. Anderson’s approach: “Foot and ankle problems affect people from all walks of life. Whether your goal is to get back to competitive sports, live a more active life, resume work or enjoy time with family and friends, I’m here to help.”

Dr. Anderson’s background: After completing his undergraduate studies at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, Dr. Anderson attended the Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, Illinois to earn his medical degree. Following his residency as part of the the Orthopedic Surgery program at Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals in Clinton Township, Michigan, he went on to train at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York through their Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery fellowship.

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Video Transcription

So, a bunion is actually a little more involved than most people think. From the outside it just looks like there’s a bump on the inside part of your foot near your big toe, but it’s actually that the two bones are starting to separate from each other. Your first, second metatarsal. The treatment of the bunion really varies depending on its severity, and mostly depends on how painful it is. So some people have really, really severe bunions, when we look at the foot itself, when we look at their X-rays, but they don’t necessarily have any pain associated with that. And so, other than recommending that they wear shoes that are adequately wide for their foot, I don’t recommend doing anything surgical about a bunion, no matter how severe it is, if it’s not painful. A lot of patients can live with a bunion. However, when your bunion interferes with your ability to wear normal shoes, or is causing you pain on a daily basis, then surgical treatment may be the right option. Nonoperative options for bunions are somewhat limited. I encourage patients with mild bunions, or bunions that don’t hurt all that much, to wear shoes that accommodate for the increased size of the front of their foot, and also moderate their activity so that their bunion is less painful. There comes a point with some bunions where those things no longer work, and that’s when we recommend surgery.

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  • Michael Anderson MD

    Michael Anderson, D.O.

    “Foot and ankle problems affect people from all walks of life. Whether your goal is to get back to competitive sports, live a more active life, resume work or enjoy time with family and friends, I’m here to help.”

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  • Tracy Rupke MD

    Tracy Rupke, M.D.

    “I am dedicated to providing the best care possible for my patients. I love running and understand every patient’s desire to return to their own life and activities.”

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