Bunions Specialist

William Lehrich, DPM -  - Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Family Podiatry Center

William Lehrich, DPM

Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Mission District, San Franciso, CA & East Bay, San Leandro, CA

Bunions can be painful and inhibit walking and daily activities. Dr. William Lehrich of the Family Podiatry Center offers a range of effective treatments for patients in a convenient location: the Mission District of San Francisco, California, and San Leandro, California. From bunion bandages and night splints to corrective surgery, Dr. Lehrich and his attentive medical team are here to help you walk pain-free. If you’re concerned about a bunion, visit a qualified and compassionate specialist; call one of the two offices or conveniently book here on the website.

Bunions Q & A

What are bunions?

A bunion is a bony bump that develops on the joint at the bottom of your big toe. When your big toe pushes against your next toe, it can force your big toe joint to stick out and enlarge. The bunion skin might be red and sore, and your foot might appear unusually shaped.

A Tailor’s bunion, also called a bunionette, occurs when the fifth metatarsal bone -- your smallest toe -- starts to expand outward and forms a bony growth.

In many cases, calluses form around the bunion, and if arthritis affects the toe, your movement can be restricted.

Adolescents can develop bunions at the base of the big toe that worsens over time. Bunions are more common in women than men, and if untreated, can cause mild to severe pain and inhibit walking.

What causes bunions?

The exact cause of bunions isn’t clear, but these bony bumps have been linked to congenital deformities, foot injuries, and medical conditions like arthritis. Bunions can also develop when your body weight falls unevenly on specific joints and tendons in your feet.

High-heeled shoes might also contribute to the development or aggravation of bunions, and some experts point to shoes that don’t fit properly. Acute bunions usually occur due to prolonged bursitis.

What are the treatments for bunions?

Bunions are permanent unless surgically corrected. Early treatment usually focuses on limiting the progression of the bunion, restoring the function of your foot, and relieving any pressure.

Treatments for bunions that Dr. Lehrich might recommend include:

  • Separators
  • Custom orthotics
  • Corrective surgery
  • Medications to control pain and swelling
  • Forefoot products like bunion shields, bandages, and night splints

It’s essential to visit a podiatrist and bunion specialist like Dr. Lehrich if your bunion causes you persistent big toe or foot pain, inhibits your walking, makes it difficult to find properly fitting shoes, or becomes a visible bump.

How can I prevent bunions?

You can take steps to prevent bunions, such as choosing your shoes carefully and obtaining the help and assistance of a trained medical specialist such as Dr. Lehrich.

It’s helpful to choose shoes featuring wider insteps and softer soles and avoid shoes that are tight-fitting, too narrow, or sharply pointed. Custom orthotics like custom shoe inserts can be especially beneficial.

Dr. Lehrich helps you determine the right course of treatment for your bunion and relieves your pain as soon as possible. Call or click to book your consultation online.