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Our Approach to Treating


Orthopedic surgeons and podiatrists at NYU Langone offer expert care for people with bunions, which are hard bumps that form on the side of the big toe. If a bunion isn’t treated, the bones of the foot may realign. This affects the way the weight of the body is distributed across the bones and joints of the foot, causing pain and swelling at the site of the bunion and elsewhere in the foot.

Our specialists diagnose bunions during a physical exam and customize treatment based on your symptoms. They also take into account how significantly bunions affect your ability to walk and participate in everyday activities. At NYU Langone, our doctors can help you to manage pain and walk comfortably.

Treatment for Bunions

Many people find that taking over-the-counter pain relief medication and using bunion pads or orthotic inserts can help to relieve pain and pressure. If a bunion changes the shape of the foot to the extent that walking is difficult and you have difficulty finding shoes that fit, our doctors may recommend surgery to correct the position of the bones in the foot.

Our Research and Education in Bunions

Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.