Foot and Ankle



What is a Bunion?

A bunion occurs when the big toe deforms and angles permanently towards the second toe, causing redness, irritation, and pain in the area. While some experts believe bunions are caused by improper footwear, others believe they are a genetic condition that is exacerbated by poor footwear. Contrary to popular belief, the “bump” on the side of the foot indicating a bunion isn’t an enlargement of the bone underneath; rather, it is typically just the head of the first metatarsal bone that has simply tilted sideways.

Treatment for Bunions

Conservative treatment approaches for bunions include the use of orthotics and more foot appropriate shoes. In some cases, surgery is required to correct the deformity. Currently, there are over one hundred types of bunion surgeries that can be performed. Prior to surgery, a foot surgeon will conduct a thorough examination to determine which procedure is best.

Learn about Surgical Treatments of Bunions

Why choose Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists?

Our fellowship-trained foot and ankle doctors at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists completed additional training, specifically in the foot and ankle, and are recognized leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of ankle injuries and conditions. With this advanced training, our foot and ankle doctors, Dr. Padrta and Dr. Shirzad, are recognized leaders in the industry and have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your ankle injury or condition individually to your needs.

See a Specialist

To learn more about the treatment options available for bunions, please request an appointment online, or call 888-660-2663.

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Appointment Resources

Once you have scheduled your appointment with one of our specialty-trained foot doctors, please use the link below to obtain our new patient forms and browse through our tips and preparation suggestions for your appointment. 

Preparing for My Appointment & New Patient Forms

“From start to finish, my experience with Dr. Shirzad was exceptional. My 1st appointment was with his PA, Todd Fleming and he was able to tell me what was causing all the pain in my foot and what Dr. Shirzad could do to fix it. Next was my appointment with the doctor and he explained in detail what he would do and from there we set up the surgery date. The surgery went smoothly and when the day came to get the sutures removed, I was so excited to get out of that post-op shoe! All went well and I am now walking normally and almost have my toe bending at 90 degrees. Still have a couple of weeks before my follow-up visit, so am working hard to be completely at 90 degrees by then. Can't say enough nice things about Dr. Shirzad and his staff. They are all great people and my well being both pre & post op was important to them. Thank you!!” — Gail P.