Southern Nevada Foot & Ankle Center • Dr. Ada Vera,DPM, FACFAS
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A bunion occurs when the joint at the base of your big toe becomes enlarged, sore and swollen. Your big toe may start to angle toward your second toe, or move underneath it. Women are most affected by bunions, which are often caused by wearing narrow, tight shoes, or high heels. A bunionette occurs on the other side of the foot, near your small toe, and is much smaller than a bunion.

A podiatrist can usually diagnose a bunion during a physical exam. An X-ray may provide further information about the joint, the angle of the toe, and if arthritis or gout are concerns to further investigate.



Wearing comfortable shoes with a wide toe-box at the first signs of a bunion appearing can decrease its growth and reduce any further complications. Resting the foot, using anti-inflammatory medications and icing the area may help. In some cases a cortisone shot at the base of the big toe may help. In cases when the bunion is causing severe pain, surgery may be performed to remove the bony bump and to realign the toe.

Without Treatment

Ignoring a bunion will lead to increased pain and the chance of contracting bursitis, when the small fluid-filled sac next to the joint becomes inflamed. Depending on how severe your bunion is, your foot can become deformed and continue to cause chronic pain.

  • Dr. Vera really knows her stuff when it comes to diabetic foot care, it is a very serious matter and she is so detailed and makes sure I follow all of the instructions I am given. The staff always is so welcoming and I actually don’t mind having to go see the Doctor.

  • Dr. Vera and her staff are wonderful, they took great care of my daughter, nice office and the whole visit was a pleasant experience.

    Ms. Ruiz
  • Can’t say enough about Dr. Vera, my husband had terrible foot problems and Dr. Vera was able to resolve all of his issues. The staff was so friendly and explained all of my insurance questions to me in detail. I would recommend Dr. Vera to anyone who needs a great Podiatrist.

    Sandy T.
  • Sent my friend to Dr. Vera for a ankle problem, they got her in that same day did x-rays and determined there were no breaks and all she needed was a boot, my friend was able to go back to work that same day thanks to Dr. Vera seeing her so quickly.

    SM Las Vegas