Children bunions

So a lot of children have bunions on their feet and the parents always want to know what to do with a bunion like this.  Here’s a little girl, she has a bunion, you can see that her growth plates are almost closing in foot, and they want to know what to do.  My recommendation is if it doesn't hurt we don’t do anything until she gets to be about 16, but if it does hurt we can certainly do a bunion procedure to help correct that.  The risk, though, is for recurrence with something like this so you want to make sure the bunion procedure is done along with orthotics afterwards to help reduce any of the abnormal motions that caused it such as flat feet.  

To Your Health,
Dr. Donald Pelto