Neuhaus Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists Specializing in Foot and Ankle Pain and Injuries Located in Nashville, TN

Bunions can be unsightly and painful, but treatment and relief are available for you at Neuhaus Foot & Ankle. The team of podiatrists have 50 years of combined experience and locations in Hermitage, Brentwood, Nashville, Mount Juliet, Waverly, Smyrna, and Lebanon, Tennessee, so you can get bunion care from dedicated experts close to your home or office. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn about treatment options for your bunion.

Bunion Q & A

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a bony bump at the outer edge of your big toe a deformity of the joint causes. With a bunion, your big toe will bulge out at the edge of your foot then bend in toward your other toes. The bump can be tender or painful to the touch, and pressure from your big toe on your other toes can become uncomfortable.

The painful bump associated with bunions can resemble gout, so proper diagnosis at Neuhaus Foot & Ankle is essential to getting appropriate treatment to relieve your symptoms.

What causes bunions?

Bunions develop in people – especially women – who wear tight, narrow shoes regularly. Your shoe puts pressure on the outside of your toe, gradually pushing it inward. Over time, you may develop a painful bump at the outer edge of your foot that signals a bunion.

How can I prevent bunions?

If you and your doctor suspect you are developing a bunion, there are many steps you can take to prevent deformity in your big toe. Common ways to prevent bunions include:

  • Wearing wide shoes or sandals to relieve pressure on your foot
  • Wearing a protective pad to reduce discomfort on your toes
  • Wearing orthotics or custom-made insoles
  • Wearing toe separators, if appropriate

Using ice and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications can also help relieve discomfort and swelling associated with bunions.

How are bunions treated?

If conservative methods aren’t enough to relieve your discomfort, your doctor may recommend surgery to correct the deformity your bunion causes. There are different types of surgeries that can be performed, including:


A McBride bunionectomy is used to relocate the tendon on the outside of your big toe and straighten the joint.


The Keller bunionectomy uses precise cuts of the bones around the big toe and removable pins to stabilize the joint during healing.


The Mitchell bunionectomy is a surgical restructuring of the bones below the big toe to correct moderate to severe bunions.


The Lapidus procedure is a fusion of joints below the big toe to prevent further deformity.

Your doctor recommends the best surgical option based on your symptoms and the severity of your bunion.

Reliable bunion treatment can help you live pain-free and enjoy your normal activities again. Call or schedule a consultation online at Neuhaus Foot & Ankle now to learn more.

Is it possible for a bunion to go away on its own?

No. A bunion will not just go away on its own. In fact, a bunion will only get progressively worse as time goes on if not treated. If you have a bunion, you should see a podiatrist for an evaluation. Your podiatrist will determine the best treatment options for your particular case. The treatment will depend on the severity of the bunion. The treatments available range from conservative options, like padding, orthotic devices, splints, and/or exercises, to more invasive treatment options, like bunion surgery. The conservative treatment options can help to relieve pain and stop bunion progress, but they will not make the deformity or “bump” go away. The only way to get rid of that bony bump is with a surgical procedure. For more information on bunions, you can watch the video above or you can contact us online.