If you have severe bunions, the pain and swelling in your toes or feet can make it hard to walk. Duke’s foot and ankle specialists treat all types of bunions and the complications they may cause. Duke is also one of the few hospitals in the region offering minimally invasive bunion surgery. It gets you on your feet and back to your normal activities as quickly as possible.
Bunions are bony bumps that grow on the joint at the base of your big toe. This protruding bone can change the shape of your foot and cause your big toe to tilt toward the other toes. Over time, your toes may begin to overlap and rub together, causing corns, calluses, bursitis, or hammertoe. You may have trouble bending your foot or fitting it into shoes.
For some people, wearing flat shoes with wide toe boxes instead of high heels is enough to prevent bunions or keep them from growing. But people with a family history of bunions, or certain medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, may develop bunions no matter what type of shoes they wear.
Bunion surgery may be recommended if you experience severe foot pain when walking, or your foot swelling cannot be relieved with medication.
Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.
Doctors can usually diagnose bunions by doing a simple physical exam. Your doctor will look at the angle of your big toe joint, check toe range of motion, and confirm whether the bunion affects your ability to walk.
X-Ray or MRI
These imaging tests help your doctor see how severe your bunion is and whether it has caused other problems, such as stress fractures or nerve damage.
Why Choose Duke
Walk-In Orthopaedic Urgent Care
Our convenient orthopaedic urgent care locations in Durham, Apex, and Wake Forest are open seven days a week. Get fast service with no long waits and no unnecessary exposure to illness. No appointment needed.
Duke foot-and-ankle specialists perform hundreds of surgical procedures each year. They are board certified and fellowship trained in foot and ankle surgery.
Our doctors track the outcomes of every bunion surgery. This helps them compare and better understand the effectiveness of surgical techniques used to treat moderate or severe bunions.
Where you receive your care matters. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why our orthopaedics program is nationally ranked, and the highest ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2020–2021.