Bunion Specialist

Sequoia Foot Care Group

Richard Motos, DPM, FACFAS

Podiatrist located in Visalia, CA

Without proper treatment, bunions can become so inflamed and swollen that they start regularly disrupting your life, work, and exercise routine. With the help of board-certified podiatrist Richard Motos, DPM, FACFAS, of Sequoia Foot Care Group, you can get effective relief from bunions in Visalia, California. Book your bunion exam online or call the office to speak with a team member.


Why do I have bunions?

Bunions themselves aren’t inherited, but the faulty foot mechanics that lead to bunions are inherited. For instance, if you have flat feet or unstable toe joints, you’re more likely to develop bunions, especially if you also have arthritis or experience foot trauma.

Sometimes, bunions can gradually develop over time because of wearing ill-fitting shoes. Wearing high heels, pointy shoes, or snug-fitting footwear on a daily basis causes your toes to scrunch together. Over time, this actually changes the shape of your big toe joint, and that bony bump starts to develop, while your big toe starts to permanently rest on top of your smaller toes.

Do I need treatment for bunions?

Not all bunions cause symptoms. But bunions are progressive and are only going to continue worsening. Because of this, it’s always best to get started on treatment for bunions as soon as you start noticing a bunion develops. Early intervention can prevent further bunion progression.

If your bunion is already bothering you, though, especially if it’s starting to prevent you from participating in enjoyable activities, it’s time to have an evaluation at Sequoia Foot Care Group. Dr. Motos encourages you to come in as soon as possible if you experience any of these bunion-related symptoms.

  • Burning
  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Toe stiffness
  • Corns or calluses

Bunions won’t go away or resolve on their own. Your bunion treatment plan from Sequoia Foot Care Group includes a combination of therapies that are designed to treat your symptoms and help you get relief from ongoing bunion discomfort.

Which bunion treatment do I need?

Just as no two patients are alike, no two bunions are alike. At Sequoia Foot Care Group, Dr. Motos can gather in-office digital X-rays to get a clear image of the severity of your bunion deformity in an effort to provide the best course of treatment. Depending on the severity of your bunion and how quickly it’s progressing, your bunion treatment plan can include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Specialized footwear
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Padding, taping, and strapping

Bunion surgery, which is minimally invasive, is often the last resort if conservative therapies aren’t providing effective relief. If you do need bunion surgery, Dr. Motos uses advanced surgical methods to remove or repair damaged tissues, realign your toe joint, or fuse bones together.

You have plenty of options for bunion relief at Sequoia Foot Care Group. Click on the online scheduler to book your bunion evaluation or call the office directly.