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Valley Foot and Ankle

Podiatry located in Renton, WA

Bunions, a deformity in your main big toe joint, can be both physically painful and seriously embarrassing. Instead of suffering and hiding your feet, reach out for help from the bunion experts at Valley Foot & Ankle in Renton, Washington. The skilled podiatrists offer a variety of treatments, including a state-of-the-art procedure called Lapiplasty® for serious bunions. Call the office or use online booking today.

Bunion Q & A

What are bunions?

A bunion is a deformity affecting the metatarsal joint at the bottom of your big toe. Bunions form prominent bony bumps on the side of your big toe and force your toe to point toward or possibly overlap your second toe.  

Bunions often cause sharp or stabbing metatarsal joint pain, along with pain in other connected parts of your foot. Many bunion sufferers also have calluses caused by irregular foot movement. If you develop a bunion, it's often difficult to wear most shoes. 

What causes bunions?

You can inherit a tendency toward bunions from your parents. Ligament laxity and flat feet are both common causes of bunions, too. Even though high heels or other constrictive shoes don't cause bunions, they can definitely make them much worse and cause recurring bunions. 

How do you diagnose bunions?

The Valley Foot & Ankle specialists diagnose bunions after a careful visual exam of your foot. Because many bunions cause foot changes beyond the joint, your podiatry care team also uses X-rays for detailed assessment and treatment planning.  

How do you treat bunions?

Treatment depends on how serious your bunion is. Often, nonsurgical approaches work very well, especially if you seek treatment before the bunion causes major damage to the framework of your foot. Treatments may include:

Custom orthotics

The Valley Foot & Ankle team designs custom orthotics for your particular issues, allowing them to optimize your joint movement while relieving other contributing problems like flat foot. 

New footwear

Shoes with a wider toe box can eliminate pressure on your bunion. Another option is rocker bottom shoes that shift your weight to compensate for your bunion joint function problems. 


Padding can prevent friction and relieve pressure on your bunion. 

Bunion splints

Bunion splints reposition your big toe. Typically, you wear the splint overnight to correct alignment.


Cortisone injections can reduce inflammation and alleviate your pain.


If you have severe or persistent bunions, a surgical procedure called Lapiplasty can help. 

With 87% of bunions, you have three different problems in your metatarsal bone:

  • Shifts out of alignment, forming a bump
  • Elevates, leaving your foot unstable
  • Rotates out of alignment 

Other bunion surgeries focus mainly on removing the bump through shaving or cutting, but the bunion usually returns because the surgery doesn’t repair the underlying issue. 

Lapiplasty fixes the unstable joint that's the root cause of your bunion. Lapiplasty gives you a permanent solution. You can walk within just a few days, no cast needed.

The Valley Foot & Ankle team can help you find the best treatment approach, so don’t hesitate to schedule your appointment today. Click the online scheduler or call Valley Foot & Ankle for help now.


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