Bunions Specialist

James C Graham, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Graham Family Foot & Ankle Care

James C Graham, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Effingham, IL

Bunions, an often painful deformity of the big toe, affect nearly 40% of adults over age 65. Dr. James C. Graham, an experienced podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Graham Family Foot & Ankle Care in Effingham, Illinois, treats men and women of all ages for this type of hereditary foot problem. If bunions are making it uncomfortable to wear certain shoes or you’re unable to fully move your toe, call or schedule an appointment online to learn about treatment options.

Bunions Q&A

What causes bunions?

A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of the joint on your big toe. Tight, narrow shoes, heredity, arthritis, or a structural problem in your foot are all potential causes of this painful condition. Bunions usually appear as a bulging bump on the outside of your big toe, and you may notice swelling or redness around the affected joint.

A bunionette is a smaller version of a bunion that sometimes forms on the joint of your little toe. A bunionette has similar symptoms to a bunion and can lead to additional painful complications, like calluses and corns, if left untreated.

When should I see a doctor for a bunion?

Bunions are permanent unless a doctor who specializes in podiatry performs surgery to correct them. It’s a good idea to have Dr. Graham examine your foot and recommend nonsurgical treatment options if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Chronic pain in your big toe
  • A visible bump on the outside of your big toe
  • Difficulty wearing shoes
  • Decreased range of movement in your toe or foot

If you don’t take care of bunions, other complications or conditions could arise, including bursitis, hammertoe, and metatarsalgia, a painful inflammation in the ball of your foot. Bunions also get bigger over time and can cause your second toe to go out of alignment from the pressure of the big toe. This leads to corns, calluses, and a variety of other painful issues.

When would I need surgery for a bunion?

You may be able to get relief from nonsurgical treatments if you see Dr. Graham at the earliest stages of a bunion. If it’s extremely painful and you’ve had a bunion for a long time that isn’t responding to treatments, Dr. Graham offers surgical treatment on an outpatient basis. 

Bunion surgery realigns bones, ligaments, and tendons so your big toe returns to its normal position. There are several surgical options for correcting bunions, and Dr. Graham can perform many of them in a same-day out-patient surgical setting, so you don’t have to stay in a hospital. The recovery time from bunion surgery varies from quickly to at times lengthy, depending on severity.

Dr. Graham is an expert at treating patients both nonsurgically and surgically for painful bunions. If you have bunion symptoms and you want to explore nonsurgical options, call or schedule an appointment online.