Bunionette treatment is largely conservative. Surgery is an option to correct this mild deformity, but just like for other foot issues, it’s considered a “last resort.” Noninvasive methods are tried first. Typically this involves making shoe changes to wear styles that don’t squeeze the forefoot. Shoes with a wide toe box, rounded end, and plenty of support reduce the pressure on the outside of the littlest toe. Pads and inserts can provide a layer of protection between your digit and your shoes, alleviating the friction and pressure. Custom orthotics can correct any biomechanical issues that may have contributed to the problem, too. When the side of the foot aches, icing it can often relieve the discomfort. Stubborn pain may need medication or direct injections.
You shouldn’t avoid taking care of your bunionette out of a fear of surgery. Let Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you eliminate your pain. Contact one of our two offices for an appointment through our website, by phone, or by fax: call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert, or call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for Chandler.