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Bunions Specialist

Lanny Rudner, MD -  - Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists

Lanny Rudner, MD

Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in the Greater Los Angeles Area, Beverly Hills, CA

More than 1 in 3 women in the United States have bunions, though this condition affects many men as well. Orthopedic surgeon Lanny Rudner, MD, offers advanced treatment for bunions at Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists in Beverly Hills, California. For expert bunion care in the greater Los Angeles area, call or book an appointment online today.

Bunions Q & A

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What is a bunion?

A bunion is a sore, bony bump that forms at the bottom joint of your big toe. Bunions can cause the base of your big toe to enlarge and stick out, making it difficult or painful to wear shoes.

This condition can cause your big toe to angle toward your second and third toes, which may lead to corns and calluses where the skin rubs together. Bunions usually start small and grow progressively larger and more painful.

A bunionette is similar to a bunion, but smaller and located on the outer edge of your foot on the pinky toe joint.  

What causes bunions?

Some bunions occur from an inherited anomaly in foot structure. However, most bunions develop from wearing shoes that are too tight, too narrow, or have high heels. In addition to bunions, wearing shoes that are too tight can also cause corns, calluses, and hammertoes.

When should I see a doctor for a bunion?

You should schedule an appointment with Dr. Rudner if you experience any of the following:

  • Persistent pain in your big toe or foot
  • Decreased movement in your foot
  • Difficulty finding shoes that fit over the bunion

Surgery is the only way to reverse a bunion. However, many bunion symptoms are completely manageable with nonsurgical treatment. Dr. Rudner works with you to create the best treatment plan for your particular needs.

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How are bunions diagnosed and treated?

First, Dr. Rudner carefully examines your foot and reviews your medical history. Though he will probably be able to diagnose a bunion simply by looking at it, he may also take an X-ray to evaluate the severity of your condition.

Then, he discusses the best treatment options available. Though nonsurgical treatments can’t reverse a bunion, they can relieve your pain and prevent the condition from worsening. Nonsurgical treatment for a bunion may include:

  • Wearing shoes with more room in the toe box
  • Padding, taping, or splinting your foot
  • Wearing custom orthotic shoe inserts

If a bunion causes severe pain and symptoms that don’t improve with conservative treatment, Dr. Rudner may recommend surgery to correct the bunion. He always performs the least invasive surgical procedure possible.

To find relief from a bunion if you’re in the greater Los Angeles area, call Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.