Bunion correction is a term used to describe the treatment of bunions, which are bony protrusions that develop on the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions can cause pain and discomfort, as well as difficulty finding shoes that fit properly. There are several different options for bunion correction, including:
Conservative Treatment: This includes wearing shoes with a wide toe box, padding and taping the bunion, and using over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce inflammation.
Orthotics: These are custom-made shoe inserts that can help redistribute pressure away from the bunion and reduce pain.
Bunion Splints or Braces: These devices can help to realign the toe and prevent the bunion from worsening over time.
Surgery: Also known as bunionectomy, it's a surgical procedure that is used to correct the alignment of the big toe joint and remove the bony protrusion that causes a bunion.
The best treatment option will depend on the severity of the bunion, the level of pain and discomfort, and the patient's overall health and lifestyle. It's important to consult a foot and ankle specialist (orthopedic or podiatric surgeon) to determine the best course of treatment.