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Bunion Surgery

What is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bone protrusions, commonly caused by wearing shoes that are too tight. They typically form on the inside edge of the big toe at the first metatarsal joint.

If left untreated, bunions can cause major foot problems. The movement of the big toe can cause the second toe to shift as well, deforming the foot in the process.

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Red, calloused skin may also be present at the site of the bunion. Fortunately, there are a number of conventional and surgical options available to alleviate the symptoms or completely remove bunions.

Bunion Surgery Information

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There are TWO main causes for bunions

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Improper Shoes

Bunions develop when the deep toe box is too narrow, effectively pinching the toes.

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Genetic Factors

Conventional Bunion Treatment

One of the easiest ways to treat bunions is to wear more comfortable shoes. Bunions develop when the deep toe box is too narrow, effectively pinching the toes. If you have a bunion, you should switch to shoes with roomier deep toe boxes, low or flat heels, and adequate arch support. Custom orthotics, such as bunion pads or insoles, can be worn inside the shoes to relieve the pressure on the big toe by distributing your weight better. A trained podiatrist like Dr. Moy can recommend the best orthotic for you.

Mole skin or felt patches can be worn over the bunion to prevent it from rubbing on the inside of your shoes. The pain can also be managed using over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen or aspirin. Dr. Moy can let you know which pain reliever is best suited for you. Ice packs can also be used to help reduce swelling. Ice should be kept in a cloth or towel and applied for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Your foot should be elevated during application.

Bunion Surgery ReINVENTED

Watch a clearer demonstration of Dr. Richard Moy’s unique procedure with this animation.

Bunion Surgery Pictures

Bunion Surgery Videos

Watch a Real Surgery!

Watch a real surgery of a Tailor’s Bunion Removal by Expert Dr. Richard Moy using his unique procedure.

Watch a Real Surgery with Caption Narrative!

Watch a real Bunion Removal surgery by Expert Dr. Richard Moy. Watch how simplistic he makes this complex procedure appear.

Bunion Surgery ReINVENTED

Watch a clearer demonstration of Dr. Richard Moy’s unique procedure with this animation.

Kimber’s Entire Surgery Process

Kimber, an actual patient of Dr. Moy, takes you every step in the bunion surgery process.

Patient Testimonies

Here is a playlist of real patients a few days after surgery. Here from them first hand rate their pain level and satisfaction.

How Much Does Bunion Surgery Cost?

Most patients have insurance and as in any medical procedure, each insurance pays differently. First, call your insurance company and verify your benefits with our facility to find out your eligibility.  Based on the benefits, we will be able to anticipate your out of pocket cost.

Because many patients are confused with deductibles, the insurance deductible is a certain amount of money you have to pay first, before your insurance will start applying payment to the surgical charges.

The best thing to do is contact the office and talk with our office manager, Penny, about your particular situation, whether you are insured or not.



If you’d like to learn more about your insurance, click on link below.

How Is the Recovery from Bunion Surgery?

Immediately after surgery you will be able to walk with a post-op shoe.  You can walk a maximum of 15 minutes per hour, primarily on your heel and or the outside of your foot.

  1. You will have a follow-up visit 3-4 days after surgery and will be given a walking boot at that time. At this point you can walk as much as 20 minutes per hour.
  2. Return one week after the first post-operative visit to have another dressing change and to remove the sutures. At this point, you can start walking up to 30 minutes per hour in the boot.
  3. Increase your walking time by 10 minutes per hour per week.
  4. Return approximately two weeks later to get an x-ray of the foot. By the end of the fourth week after surgery, you can resume walking in loose, comfortable fitting shoes.

6 weeks after surgery you will return to have a final x-ray and then return to full physical activity starting slowly and working up to full capacity.


Post Surgery Instruction: Walking Boot

This walking boot, or pneumatic boot (also available in black), is given during the first follow-up visit. Unlike casts, walking boots can be removed for bathing and sleeping. It must be worn, however, when the person is up and weight bearing.

Post Surgery Instruction: Stitch Removal

This step is for patients who are out-of-state and need to go back home. Our office has created a step-by-step video for our patients convenience.


Post Surgery Instruction: Shower Boot

This shower boot is used for bathing to make everyday activities easier on our patients.


Post Surgery Instruction: Foot Exercises

This video is extremely important in the recovery process. Stretching during these stages ensures proper healing and range of motion. Please refer to this video if you need any assistance, or call us at the office.