Bunion Specialist

Christina M Schilero, DPM, AACFAS -  - Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Christina M Schilero, DPM, AACFAS

Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in West Palm Beach, FL & Boca Raton, FL

Bunions are common foot problems, but without treatment, they can make it difficult and painful to walk or wear shoes. Christina Schilero, DPM, AACFAS, provides comprehensive care for bunions at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. For expert bunion treatment, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Bunion Q & A

What is a bunion?

Also called hallux valgus, a bunion is a bony bump that forms on your inner foot at the big toe joint. Bunions develop gradually and grow more prominent over time. Eventually, bunions can cause painful symptoms and make it difficult to fit into normal shoes.

A bunionette is a similar bump that forms on the outer side of your foot near the base of your little toe. 

A bunion won’t go away on its own and some progress more quickly than others. Dr. Schilero carefully evaluates your bunion and creates a customized treatment plan. 

What are the symptoms of a bunion?

A visible bump at the base of your big toe is the most noticeable symptom of a bunion. Other common bunion symptoms include:

  • Swelling and redness
  • Foot pain and tenderness
  • Limited movement of your toe
  • Corns and calluses where your toes rub together

Pain and restricted motion in your big toe can lead to difficulty walking. If bunion symptoms interfere with your normal activities, Dr. Schilero can help.

What causes bunions?

Most bunions are the result of inherited differences in the shape and structure of the foot. When your big toe leans toward your second toe instead of pointing straight ahead, it causes a misalignment that eventually leads to a bunion bump.

Wearing tight shoes that crowd your toes may cause bunion symptoms to worsen or appear earlier. 

How are bunions diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Schilero may be able to diagnose a bunion by visually examining your foot and asking about your symptoms. To fully evaluate your condition, she may take an X-ray. 

Then, Dr. Schilero recommends the best course of treatment for your bunion. Depending on your needs, bunion treatment may include:

  • Changing to shoes with a roomier toe box
  • Padding the bunion
  • Modifying your activities
  • Using orthotic devices
  • Icing the bunion
  • Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications

If you continue to experience pain and difficulty walking despite conservative treatment, surgery may be necessary. Dr. Schilero is a highly trained foot surgeon who uses the most innovative techniques available. 

To find relief from the pain and symptoms of a bunion, call Christina Schilero, DPM, AACFAS, or book an appointment online today.