Bunion Specialist

Family Podiatry

Neil B Levin, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Sycamore, IL

A bunion is a common condition where a bony bump develops on the side of your big toe. If you notice signs of a bunion, book an appointment with Neil Levin, DPM, at Family Podiatry in Sycamore, Illinois. The practice specializes in high-quality, patient-centered care and offers in-office treatment for bunions. To schedule your visit, call the office or book online today.

Bunion Q & A

What are bunions?

A bunion is a type of foot deformity that commonly affects the joint in your big toe. Bunions occur when pressure causes the big toe to lean toward the smaller toes, forcing the joint at the base of the big toe to stick out. Bunions can also develop on your smaller toes (tailor’s bunions). 

Bunions develop over time, eventually causing pain and discomfort as the condition worsens. Although not all bunions are painful, people with bunions frequently experience symptoms like soreness, redness, swelling, and limited movement of the big toe. 

Bunions can eventually lead to chronic pain and make it difficult to find shoes that fit properly. 

What causes bunions?

Factors like foot stress and injuries can increase your chances of developing bunions. Wearing tight-fitting shoes can put too much pressure on the toes, eventually leading to bunions. 

Some people are more prone to developing bunions because of the natural structure of their feet. Although anyone can develop bunions, they’re more common among women and people with rheumatoid arthritis. 

When should I see a doctor about my bunion?

Small bunions may seem harmless, but without proper management, they can lead to significant foot pain and dysfunction. If you notice signs of a bunion, book an appointment at Family Podiatry as soon as possible.

Dr. Levin and his team can provide you with the treatment you need to relieve your pain and manage the progression of your bunion.

How are bunions treated?

If your condition is mild and in its early stages, Dr. Levin may recommend conservative treatments like:

  • Footwear changes
  • Bunion bandages
  • Night splints
  • Custom orthotics
  • Pain relievers


The goal of conservative treatment is to relieve your pain and any pressure on your bunions.

If your bunion is more advanced, Dr. Levin also offers surgical treatment. He can perform your procedure in-office or off-site with twilight anesthesia. 

During bunion surgery, Dr. Levin repositions the bone in your foot and uses specialized titanium screws to hold it together. 

This technique eliminates the need for casts and crutches and in most cases allows you to bear weight on your foot immediately following the procedure. Most people can return to wearing normal footwear in 2-3 weeks. 

For effective treatment of your bunion, book an appointment at Family Podiatry by phone or online today.