What's a Bunion?

A bunion (also known as hallux valgus), is a bony bump at the base of the big toe joint, on the inside of the foot. A bunion develops slowly, when pressure on the joint makes the big toe lean to the second toe, eventually causing the bone's structure to change. 

As this deformity increases, wearing shoes or even just walking becomes more painful. Bunions are often a hereditary disorder, but can also occur due to activities, inherent foot structure, or shoe choices. Even children can get bunions.

It's also possible to get a "bunionette", which occurs near the base of the little toe on the outside of the foot.


Bunion Treatment

Bunion pain can usually be solved by wearing wider shoes that have more room in the toe box.  There are other ways to treat them as well. Here's a list of treatment options:

  • Wear wider shoes.

  • Pads.

  • Anti-inflammatory medications for pain and to reduce swelling.

  • Custom molded orthotics.

  • Surgery.

Dr. Richardson has been treating bunions for 18 years, including surgeries when needed. It's beneficial to the patient to have their bunion assessed, and possibly have an x-ray to determine the severity of deformity.  Dr. Richardson can develop a conservative or surgical treatment plan based on the assessment. Call us today to diagnose and treat your bunion or bunionette.

Call us at 425-658-0658

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9am to 5pm. Friday: 9am to 3pm


Redmond Foot & Ankle is the podiatry clinic of Dr. Amy Richardson. We are a full service podiatry clinic located in the heart of Redmond, Washington. We provide experienced foot and ankle care in a professional and comfortable setting.

Dr. Richardson is board-certified with 19 years of experience.  She uses an individual approach to meet the needs of all her patients, from young children to the more mature. As both a surgeon and clinician, she has solved a diverse range of foot and ankle ailments.

Redmond Foot & Ankle accepts most insurances (see list).  Our clinic is modern, comfortable, and clean. The clinic has a state-of-the-art digital x-ray system on-site that saves our patients time and expense. We also use the latest in 3D digital foot scanners to create precise custom orthotics. We have convenient free easily accessible parking.

Call us at 425-658-0658

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9am to 5pm. Friday: 9am to 3pm