Bunion deformities are one of the most common foot problems that podiatrists encounter. A bunion correction procedure is also on the most common surgical procedures that podiatrists perform. Approximately 75-85% of the bunion surgery performed to the United States is performed by podiatric surgeons. Bunions are often described as a bump on the side of the big toe. However, a bunion is much more than that. The visible bump actually reflects changes in the bony framework of the foot. With a true bunion deformity, the big toe leans towards the second toe rather than pointing straight ahead. Bunions are a progressive disorder and for most patients, they will gradually get worse or larger over time. For some patients, this can begin as early as their juvenile years. Most commonly, patients begin having symptoms in their 30s or 40s. Sometimes, patients will have a bunion deformity without any pain or symptoms. The deformity is most often caused by an inherited structural problem within the foot. Treatment for a bunion deformity sometimes simply use of foot orthotics. However, when symptomatic a large portion of patients do require surgical intervention to correct the deformity and joint mal- alignment and reduce pain. If you are concerned about your bunion deformity contact our office for a consultation. Surveys that have been done by the American College of Foot and Ankle surgeons have shown that bunion surgery has a high satisfaction rate.