Bunion Specialist

My Chicago Foot Expert

Stavros Alexopoulos, D.P.M.

Podiatry located in Chicago, IL

Bunions not only leave you wanting to hide your feet, they can also become unbearably painful with every step. Leading board-certified podiatrist Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, of My Chicago Foot Expert offers modern bunion solutions, so you can get bunion relief with minimal downtime. Schedule your bunion evaluation at this Chicago-based practice online or give the office a call.

Bunion Q & A

What causes bunions?

Bunions develop when the joint at the base of your big toe gets larger, often as your big toe gets pushed into nearby toes. This leads to a bony bump that can quickly become tender and cause calluses to form on the skin that covers it.

In many cases, you’re prone to developing bunions because of your inherited foot shape. If someone in your family has bunions, you’re probably going to have them, too. But you can also struggle with painful bunions if you regularly wear shoes that have little wiggle room in the toe area, or shoes that have high heels since you’re going to put extra pressure on your toe joints.

While bunions affect both men and women, they most commonly affect women in as often as 9 out of 10 cases. You can even develop this painful condition in your little toe joint for the same reasons, although for your baby toe, the condition is called a bunionette.

How are bunions treated?

Treating bunions depends on the severity of your pain and discomfort. Dr. Alexopoulos generally starts with conservative options first. For instance, you may benefit from:

  • Wearing custom prescription orthotics
  • Learning specialized stretches and exercises
  • Switching to shoes with more toe room
  • Avoiding high-heeled shoes

Dr. Alexopoulos has extensive experience in performing surgical bunion corrections, and he could suggest surgery if your bunions are getting worse, or are keeping you from your daily activities.

Do I need surgery for bunions?

As with most surgical procedures, surgically correcting bunions is typically the last resort. Dr. Alexopoulos specializes in minimally invasive bunion surgery, so you won’t have to worry about extensive downtime. Traditional bunion surgery involves straightening your toe joint and possibly removing any inflamed tissue.

Dr. Alexopoulos even offers the Swiss Compression Technique, which is often performed in the office under light sedation. This specialized type of bunion surgery involves implanting tiny screws into your joint to provide stabilization.

What’s particularly beneficial about the Swiss Compression Technique is that you can put weight on your foot right after surgery while wearing a surgical shoe. In many cases, you can even return to work within a couple days. Not everyone is a candidate for this revolutionary bunion surgery, although Dr. Alexopoulos can let you know during a consultation if it’s right for you.

At My Chicago Foot Expert, you’re given the latest in bunion treatments that have the least amount of downtime. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Alexopoulos to get relief today. Book your visit with the online scheduling feature or call the clinic directly.