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Do Bunions Heal on Their Own?

Do Bunions Heal on Their Own?

Bunions are a common problem, affecting 10-25% of individuals, especially women. They can occur for various reasons, ranging from foot deformities to medical problems — such as arthritis — to wearing narrow, tight shoes. However, most people with bunions have a family history of the condition

John Jurcisin, DPM, provides solutions for a wide range of podiatric conditions, including bunions. Even if your bunion seems like a cosmetic issue, he recommends scheduling a consultation at Precision Footcare in Midtown East, New York City, to learn more about your treatment options. 

Unfortunately, bunions don’t heal on their own. However, getting conservative treatment as early as possible could help you avoid surgery in the future.

The anatomy of a problem

At the base of your big toe is a joint. A bunion develops when the bone that precedes this joint begins to move outward, and the toe begins to move inward toward the other toes. 

To get a better idea of what’s happening, imagine the top half of a straw being your big toe, and the bottom half of the straw being the rest of the bone that precedes your toe. If you bent the bottom half of the straw outward and the top half of the straw inward, a bump would appear where the two halves of the straw meet.

If you straightened the straw — which is basically what happens during surgery — the bump would disappear.

Bunions usually develop gradually, and besides the appearance of what looks to be a bump, you may also notice other symptoms, such as the following:

Without treatment, bunions can worsen. In some cases, they can even become so pronounced that you may find it challenging to wear shoes or walk comfortably.

Managing bunions

When it comes to treating bunions, Dr. Jurcisin often starts with conservative approaches first. If these don’t help, he usually recommends surgery:

Conservative approaches

Conservative treatments can relieve pressure and pain and help stabilize your toe joint to keep the misalignment from worsening. These strategies often include:

While these approaches won’t heal your bunion, they can provide significant relief from your symptoms. And starting these steps as early as possible could keep your bunion from worsening.


The only way to truly eliminate a bunion involves surgical treatment. That’s because these procedures enable Dr. Jurcisin to realign your toe. Once your toe is realigned, your toe should stay straight and the bump should vanish.

Do you have a bunion or other foot problem? Dr. Jurcisin can help. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Precision Footcare today.

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