Star wide receiver Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons had bunion surgery this week claiming it was a success on social media. He'll still need 4-5 months to recover but it looks very good for him to start practicing at training camp in July.

Of course football stars are under tremendous pressure to perform. We can't know how bad his bunion was but if it was hampering his ability to do his job it makes sense that he got it done.

Bunions just don't appear out of nowhere. They usually develop slowly over time and can progress to the point where surgery might just be the right decision for you. However, I've done surgery in patients as young as 20 where their bunions were already so bad they were hampering their life to such a degree that more conservative treatments just weren't going to cut it.

But for most people early treatment and preventive efforts can slow bunion progression. At the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City Dr. Rion Berg will often recommend custom orthotics to correct the biomechanics of your foot to decrease the pain you feel well before surgery is discussed.

Why do I have bunions?

Bunions aren't inherited but the foot types that put you at risk for bunions are. For example, many of my patients have flat feet and the constant overpronation (feet rolling in) can cause the big toe to move toward the smaller toes creating a bunion.

Although you can't do anything about your foot type, in addition to getting orthotics you can help stop the progression of your bunions by staying away from high heels and by wearing shoes that give you plenty of room in the toe box.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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