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Laser treatment for bunions

Updated November 22, 2016

Bunions are a common problem for many men and women. They are recognisable by a protruding bump beneath the big toe on the outside of the foot. While several treatment options are available, laser treatment has not yet fully evolved for bunions.

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A bunion is not simply a bony bump; it is evidence of a foot deformity. Bunions are a progressive condition and worsen over time. Treatment is necessary to alleviate pain and correct the problem.


Certain foot types are more prone to bunions than others. It is an inherited condition. Tight shoes are not actually a cause, but they do worsen existing bunions.


Treatments for bunions may include orthotics, medication, loosefitting shoes, ice, extra padding, injections, or a toe splint. Surgery may be necessary if other treatments fail to provide relief. Laser treatment is not among the options.


A laser uses a finely focused light beam that vaporises tissue and converts water in the cells into a steam. Bones are thicker and do not contain the amount of water that soft tissue does, making it impossible for lasers to vaporise the bone (bunion).


A laser can be used by a surgeon to make the incision at the site of the bunion, but laser treatment has not yet evolved to correct the bone build-up of a bunion.


Lasers cannot remove bone; they can burn bone, which is not an effective remedy for bunions. Laser treatment cannot be used to remove the large bump of a bunion deformity.

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