Bunion Specialist

At best, a bunion can make it uncomfortable to wear those fashionable shoes you adore. At their worst, bunion deformities can cause unrelenting pain and make it nearly impossible to slide on even your most comfortable slippers. Dr. Debra Young is a highly-experienced podiatrist who can remedy your bunion problems and get you back into the footwear you love. She leads the team at Lincoln Park Podiatry and has an offices in the Chicago Lincoln Park/Lakeview area. Call today for an appointment or use their convenient online scheduling service.

Bunion Q & A

What is a bunion?

A bunion appears as a bump located on the inner aspect of your foot, just behind the big toe. Initially, your foot may just appear wider in that region. Over time, however, the bump is typically more noticeable as your big toe becomes increasingly misaligned and drifts inward toward your second toe.

As it worsens, a bunion deformity can cause significant disfigurement, make it difficult to wear shoes, and cause moderate to severe pain with walking. It can also irritate the nerves in the skin overlying the bunion, causing inflammation and discomfort even when you’re shoeless and lying down.

Another type of bunion, called a tailor’s bunion, affects the joints in the small toe. This type of bunion is much less common than those that occur near the big toe and rarely cause pain or significant problems.

What causes a bunion?

Many people believe that bunions are bony overgrowths that your podiatrist can shave away. They’re actually caused by misalignment of a bone in the middle of your foot called the metatarsal bone. This misalignment occurs when the metatarsal joint becomes unstable.

The bump you see is actually caused by the end of the bone rotating and leaning out of place rather than connecting smoothly with the next joint in the toe structure.

Ill-fitting shoes with high heels and very narrow toe boxes are often blamed for bunion deformities. This practice may be linked to bunion development and can certainly increase discomfort once you develop a bunion. But many people who never wear tight, narrow shoes have bunions. They can also occur in early adolescence and may be hereditary.

What is the treatment for a bunion?

Custom shoe inserts (orthotics), padding, and wearing shoes with wide toe boxes can relieve discomfort caused by a bunion. Medication delivered by injections that reduces inflammation can also help.

For severe deformities causing persistent pain, Dr. Young may recommend surgery as the only true way to actually correct your bunion deformity. She is very pleased with a relatively new surgical procedure known as Lapiplasty™.

Traditional bunion surgery requires cutting away a portion of the metatarsal bone and moving it back into place, but it doesn’t correct the joint instability. With Lapiplasty, Dr. Young moves the entire metatarsal bone back into correct alignment and then stabilizes the affected joint with titanium plates, which creates a permanent fix.

Insurance Providers

We accept only PPO insurance plans. Below is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. We also have a reasonable self pay option for services not covered by insurance. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
United Healthcare

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Lincoln Park Podiatry
2752 North Southport Ave
Lincoln Park | Lakeview

Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-382-1470
Fax: (773) 295-2210
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