Bunion Specialist

Brad Hayman, DPM -  - Podiatric Surgeon

Complete Foot & Ankle Care

Brad Hayman, DPM

Podiatric Surgeon located in Prescott, AZ

That painful, bony bump on the side of your big toe is more than just an uncomfortable nuisance, it’s an actual deformity in your joint. Because Brad Hayman, DPM, CWS, of Complete Foot & Ankle Care in Prescott, Arizona, understand just how uncomfortable bunions can become, he offers plenty of treatment solutions. Plus, since Dr. Hayman is a double board-certified foot and ankle surgeon, he can even provide surgical bunion correction if needed. See how Dr. Hayman can help you by booking an evaluation online, or by calling the clinic.

Bunion Q & A

What causes bunions?

Bunions develop at the base of your big toe as your toe gets pushed out of its natural alignment. In many cases, bunions form because of snug-fitting footwear. For example, if you regularly wear pointy, high-heeled, or ill-fitting shoes, your big toe has to make room for itself by scrunching up next to your smaller toes.

Over time, your big toe actually gets stuck in this position as your joint starts to change shape. The same type of issue can even develop in your baby toe, a condition known as a bunionette.

Your shoes aren’t the only thing to blame when it comes to bunions, though. Bunions can also develop because of:

  • Previous injuries or trauma
  • Inherited foot shape
  • Congenital birth deformities

Having arthritis, particularly rheumatoid arthritis, can further increase your risk of developing bunions.

Are bunions painful?

Not always. Over time, if left untreated, bunions can certainly become painful and uncomfortable. The signs and symptoms you experience with a bunion just depend on the severity of your condition. Bunions can lead to:

  • Painful corns and calluses
  • Limited toe joint movement
  • Swelling or tenderness around your big toe joint

To make matters worse, if you have bunions, you also have a very high risk of developing hammertoes in your smaller toes. This issue can lead to even more toe pain and discomfort.

How are bunions treated?

At Complete Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Hayman thoroughly evaluates you, goes over your symptoms, and looks at imaging (if needed) to determine the severity of your bunion. Most bunion sufferers get relief by trying at least one type of conservative treatment, such as:

  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Padding, taping, or strapping
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy or daily stretches

If you’re not getting relief from pain, or if your bunion is starting to affect your quality of life, Dr. Hayman could suggest bunion surgery. Modern bunion surgery is minimally invasive and allows Dr. Hayman to reconstruct your toe joint, remove damaged tissue, and make any necessary tissue repairs.

Schedule your bunion evaluation at Complete Foot & Ankle Care today. Book online or over the phone.