Do you know your options for bunion treatments? If you feel a hint of pain in the area between your large toe and foot or if it has a lump or a bump, then you may need to have it checked for bunions. If diagnosed with bunions, you should look for a treatment as soon as possible. Osteoarthritis is a disorder which could cause bunions. Also, having calcium deficiency, as in the senile, could add to the cause of this. There are times when it is not painful, but when the person begins to walk, then it starts throbbing. Hallux limitus and hallux rigidus can be treated by either conservative or aggressive treatments, or a combination of both. Conservative treatment relies on stabilizing the foot, taking weight off of the big toe, and alleviating some of the pain associated with the condition. Stabilization of the foot is often achieved with a custom orthotic or other form of padding. Symptoms may be alleviated with anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), icing, rest, and padding. The easiest way to treat bunions is to change your footwear. Shoes are worn 12 or more hours each day of the week by most people, and shoes can contribute to the progression of bunions. If the main complaint about the bunion is pain, and especially intermittent pain due to constant standing or a change in footwear, a brief course of ice and taking an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen, may be adequate to relieve the pain. For inflammation of the bursa, the fluid-filled sac that eases the movement of tendons around a joint, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons says a corticosteroid injection may be given. Overall, the incidence of bunions can be reduced by taking certain preventive measures like using shoe padding , corticosteroid injections or custom designed orthotic devices according to the physical needs of the person. A bunion is caused by an abnormality in the position of the bones in the foot and big toe. Instead of being in line, meeting flatly end-to-end, the bone along the inside of the foot (the first metatarsal) and the first bone of the big toe ( hallux ) meet at an angle ( valgus deformity). The only way that they can be corrected is by surgery. In the past, surgical operations had meant being off one's feet and in plaster for up to three months. Called osteotomy, this conventional surgery involves cutting out a piece of bone and repositioning the two ends to try and straighten the toe. I plan to have it worked on again by a surgeon who's practice is out of this vortex. I will go out of network to reduce the possibility of any network adverse influence. I have never been interested in suing my Doctor but rest assured I will eventually file a complaint to the medical board and hit a review up on yelp. That's to come in due time!! The problem you are facing is that none of the networked Doctors will want to correct it, because once they do it proves a bit of negligence, that your Dr. screwed up. Get it?