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Bunions Specialist

Podiatry & Hand & Upper Extremity Orthopedic Surgery located in Worcester, Webster, & Leominster, MA

Podiatry & Hand & Upper Extremity Orthopedic Surgery located in Worcester, Webster, & Leominster, MA

Bunions are progressive foot deformities that may cause severe pain and disability. Early intervention for your bunions may delay or prevent serious foot problems. Premier Foot and Ankle Center & Elite Upper Extremity and Plastic Surgery in Worcester, Webster, and Leominster, Massachusetts, provides expert bunion care. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office or schedule a consultation online today.

Bunions Q & A

What are bunions?

Bunions are bony bumps that form at the base joint of the big toe. This joint is known as the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) and creates the connection between the first long bone in the foot and the first bone in the big toe.


Bunions occur from a misalignment of the MTP joint. The long foot bone shifts towards the inside of the foot, causing the first toe bone to shift towards the second toe. The misalignment of the bones causes the joint to enlarge and protrude, creating the bunion.

What causes bunions?

Bunions may develop for many reasons. The podiatrists at Premier Foot and Ankle Center & Elite Upper Extremity and Plastic Surgery can help determine the underlying cause of your foot deformity when you come in for an evaluation. 

Some people develop bunions because of an inherited foot type that affects the structure and shape of the foot, making them more vulnerable to foot deformities. The type of shoes you wear may also contribute to the development of bunions.

Various types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout, may also lead to deformities in the MTP joint that causes bunions to form. 

When should I seek podiatry care for my bunions?

You should seek podiatry care for your bunions as soon as you notice the foot deformity. 

During the early stages of this progressive foot deformity, the experts at Premier Foot and Ankle Center & Elite Upper Extremity and Plastic Surgery can talk to you about your bunions and provide lifestyle recommendations to improve foot health and prevent pain.

Premier Foot and Ankle Center & Elite Upper Extremity and Plastic Surgery also recommends you schedule an appointment if your bunions cause pain, affect your mobility, or make it hard for you to find comfortable shoes. 

How are bunions treated?

Premier Foot and Ankle Center & Elite Upper Extremity and Plastic Surgery customizes your bunion treatment plan based on the severity of your deformity and symptoms, as well as your medical history and personal preferences. 

During the early stages, your plan may include:

  • Shoe modifications
  • Padding
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Icing
  • Physical therapy
  • Joint injections
  • Custom orthotics

Your podiatrist may recommend surgical correction of your foot deformity if your pain worsens or no longer responds to conservative interventions. 

Don’t ignore your bunions. Call Premier Foot and Ankle Center & Elite Upper Extremity and Plastic Surgery or schedule a consultation with the experts using the online booking tool today.