A bunion is a bony lump that appears along the joint of the big toe, often as a result of an imbalance within the foot. Sometimes referred to as a Hallux Valgus, misalignments in muscles, tendons, and bones can cause these bumps to form along the big toe joint. Bunions are not necessarily genetic but can form as a result of one’s natural foot shape. Most commonly, bunions are the result of improper footwear. Although this condition can be called by many different names, there is no need to wonder “What is the difference between a bunion and hallux valgus?” The simple answer is that they are two different names for the same condition.  

Bunions can be extremely uncomfortable and even painful, but it can be difficult to diagnose such an issue without examination from a physician. 

Below are a few of the most common symptoms of bunions. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it might be time to contact a professional. 

  • A painful, irritated bump on the side of the big toe
  • Inability to wear shoes without discomfort 
  • Unusual curvature in the big toe 
  • Trouble walking due to pain in the bottom of the foot 

Bunion Treatment 

There are numerous treatments for bunion pain, both at home and at the hands of a medical professional. At-home treatments include shoe modifications and special tools such as shoe inserts that can make your footwear more comfortable. While at-home bunion treatments can help to temporarily ease your pain, they are not effective in the long-term treatment of bunions as they do not treat the issue at the source. Most bunions must be removed during surgery.

Bunion Surgery

Traditional bunion surgery is considered to be one of the most painful medical procedures that one can undergo, and often requires a great deal of post-operative care. With a 3-6 week recovery period that includes stitches and the potential need for crutches, bunion surgery often leaves patients unable to resume their daily lives quickly after receiving treatment.

Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery

At Northwest Surgery Center, we are proud to offer minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of bunions that effectively serves as a better alternative to traditional bunion surgery. 

With the use of local anesthesia, this procedure lasts less than 2 hours including pre-operative and post-operative care and leaves patients able to drive themselves home following surgery. Most patients experience no post-operative pain and can resume their lives pain-free quickly once the bunion removal is complete. 

Contact Northwest Surgery Center

Whether you refer to the painful lump on the side of your big toe as a bunion or a Hallux Valgus, it will be painful just the same. Schedule a consultation with Northwest Surgery Center today or contact us to speak to one of our expert team members and put an end to your discomfort today.