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If you experience pain emanating from bony lumps on the side or base of your big toe, you’ll need the help of a skilled podiatrist like Andrew McCall, DPM, FACFAS. He provides conservative and surgical treatment for bunions at Alpine Foot and Ankle in Idaho Falls, ID and Alpine, WY. If surgery is needed he uses the most advanced 3D minimal incision techniques for correction. This is the most advanced technique to date and leads to faster recovery, smaller incisions, and less pain. Other techniques such as lapiplasty are still used as necessary. Call the office or use the online tool to set up your appointment today.

Bunions Q & A

What are bunions?

Bunions describe a bony bump that develops at the base of your big toe and sometimes at the base of your little toe. Bunions are often caused by an inherited structural defect or due to the effects of aging and degenerative conditions, like arthritis. 

How do I know I have a bunion?

A bunion can make wearing shoes uncomfortable and affect your ability to walk comfortably. You may experience:

  • Swelling, redness, and soreness around your big toe joint
  • Corns or calluses, especially if the bunion causes your first and second toe to overlap
  • A bulging bump on the outside of the base of your big toe
  • Persistent or intermittent pain
  • Restricted movement of your big toe

Bunions don’t always cause pain, but it’s a good idea to consult with Dr. McCall if you notice one developing. He can help slow the bunion’s development and remove it, if the bunion is severe enough. 

What are the complications of bunions?

If your bunion goes untreated, you may suffer additional foot problems. These include bursitis, a painful condition in which the fluid-filled pads that cushion your bones and soft tissue become inflamed.

Some people with bunions develop hammertoe, an abnormal bend in the middle of the second, third, and fourth toes. Hammertoe can cause pain while walking. 

Gait changes that result because of your bunion may lead to metatarsalgia, or pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot.

Avoid these complications by seeking care for your bunions today.

What treatments are available for bunions?

Bunions won’t go away on their own. If your bunion is just starting, protective padding and wearing shoes with a wider toe box helps reduce friction against your other toes. 

Orthotic devices can help stabilize your foot. Dr. McCall may recommend physical therapy exercises to help you maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis. A night splint can help keep your joint aligned correctly. 

Dr. McCall recommends surgery for your bunion if it’s especially large and causing unbearable pain. During surgery, he realigns the toe, so your foot looks and feels more functional. 

Contact Alpine Foot and Ankle to get the care you need for bunions. Call the office or use this website to schedule an appointment.


Alpine Foot and Ankle Care specializes in Minimal Incision Surgery techniques, meticulously crafted to minimize scarring and accelerate the pace of recovery. 
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