Bunions Specialist

Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center

Podiatrists located in Littleton, CO

Roughly one in four adults between 18-65 develop bunions — the likelihood increases with age. With his extensive background in advanced bunion treatments, leading podiatrist Hani Saeed, DPM, can help you recover from agonizing bunion pain. Schedule your bunion evaluation at Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center in Littleton, Colorado, by using the online scheduling system or by calling the clinic.

Bunions Q & A

What causes bunions?

Bunions are painful, bony bumps that develop on the outer joint at the base of your big toe joint. They form when your big toe gets pushed outward, toward the rest of your toes. In many cases, bunions stem from wearing tight-fitting or pointy shoes for extended periods.

The longer you wear poorly fitting footwear, the higher your chances of putting extra strain on that big toe joint. You may also develop bunions because of:

  • Developmental defects
  • Family history
  • Foot injuries
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

It is sometimes uncertain why some patients develop bunions while others don't. But medical experts do recognize that bunions more commonly develop in women, likely because of wearing high heels and similar snug-fitting shoes.

Will I need surgery for bunions?

Possibly. Because of Dr. Saeed’s extensive training in conservative bunion treatments though, he typically tries to treat your bunion discomfort with non-surgical methods first. For instance, many patients benefit from wearing custom orthotic inserts. These specially designed orthotics help cushion your bunion and provide support precisely where you need it. Part of your treatment could even include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Daily stretching exercises
  • Switching to different shoes

Temporary padding, taping, or splinting are also beneficial for helping raw skin heal over the bunion. Dr. Saeed’s goal is to help you get back to your regular activities as quickly as possible. His innovative, proactive approach to treatment is beneficial for all bunion sufferers, including athletes.

How is recovery after bunion surgery?

If conservative bunion treatments don’t work and you need bunion surgery, Dr. Saeed uses the latest techniques to minimize your downtime. Bunion surgery (bunionectomy) involves realigning the bones, ligaments, tendons, and nerves in your big toe joint.

Generally, Dr. Saeed performs these minimally invasive surgeries as same-day, outpatient procedures, using either local or general anesthesia, depending on the severity of your bunions. Most patients go home the same day.

You’re going to need to stay off your feet as much as possible for the first few days. Typically, you can start gradually resuming some of your normal activities within two to three days after surgery. Full recovery can take two to three weeks or more, although you could experience swelling and stiffness for several months.   

Before living another day with bunion pain, schedule an evaluation at Red Rocks Foot & Ankle Center to get started on treatment. Book either online or over the phone.