Centreville Foot & Ankle Clinic -  - Podiatrist

James M. Hurst, DPM

Podiatrist located in Centreville, VA

Bunions Specialist

Having bunions can make just about any shoe you wear seem incredibly uncomfortable. Visiting with an expert podiatrist, like James M. Hurst, DPM, at Centreville Foot & Ankle Clinic in Centreville, Virginia, can finally put those bunions to rest — for good. Because Dr. Hurst has specialized surgical training in podiatry, he’ll help relieve your pain and permanently fix your bunions surgically. This way you’ll never have to deal with foot pain from bunions again.

Bunions Q&A

What is a bunion?

A bunion is more than a sore on your foot -- it means there’s a problem with your bone structure. When you have a bunion, your big toe gets shoved inward, toward the rest of your toes. You’re left with a big, bony bump that sticks out of the side of your foot next to the base of your big toe. This bump can rub against your shoes, forming an incredibly painful sore.

Sometimes, bunions happen when you wear poorly fitting shoes. In other cases, genetics or a medical condition, including arthritis, can leave you with bunions.

Do bunions only happen on the big toe?

No. The same sort of issue can develop on your little toe. When your baby toe gets pushed into your other toes, you can also have a bony bump form — just on the other side of your foot. This type of bunion, formally called a “bunionette,” can cause pain and require treatment just like its big-toed cousin.

How are bunions treated?

Before considering surgery, Dr. Hurst will see if he can do anything to relieve your pain nonsurgically. This may include:

  • Wearing bunion shields
  • Switching your shoes
  • Wearing orthotics
  • Applying ice regularly
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications

But if these alternative measures don’t work, it might be time for a permanent solution. If you and Dr. Hurst decide that surgery is the best option for you, he’ll tell you beforehand exactly what to expect — every bunion surgery is unique to the patient. Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Hurst may have to remove some of the swollen tissue from your big toe joint.

If your bunion is more complex, Dr. Hurst may need to straighten your big toe by removing some of your bone. He may also have to realign your bones so that your big toe sits straight naturally.

Does bunion surgery require a long recovery?

It depends. If all Dr. Hurst has to do is remove some scar tissue, you might be good as new within a few days — or possibly be walking right after surgery. But in many cases, a full recovery takes several weeks, or even several months when bone realignment is involved.


We accept the majority of health insurance plans. Please call our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions.

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Words from our patients

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    "Great experience I went to his office feeling too much pain . Left with no pain ."

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    "Personable doctor, appointment was on time and procedure was quick. Would recommend to friends."

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    "Excellent experience overall. Friendly and welcoming staff. Professional, knowledgeable and skilled doctor."

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    "Very professional staff; excellent Treatment by Dr. Hurst. I am a Laser- Tech and would know the difference."

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    "Dr. Hurst is terrific. He was so patient with all of my questions. His staff is wonderful as well. I would highly recommend him to anybody looking for a podiatrist."

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    "Dr Hurst was very professional and straight to the point. He explained everything very well and did a great job. "

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    "Dr. Hurst did a fantastic job. I really appreciated the way he explained everything he planned to do in detail and why. "

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    "I've been to many foot and arthritis doctors over the years... I'd recommend Dr Hurst for foot ailments without hesitation."

    Mark K.
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    "Dr. Hurst is excellent and very knowledgeable. I saw him for a few months time for a foot procedure and he did a great job."

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    "Very professional practice ...r. Hurst himself is down to earth , knowledgeable and caring . I think he is the best podiatrist I have ever encountered"

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    "Awesome staff and caring Doctor. Was referred by a friend, I live 40 miles away and didn't want to travel that far, but so glad I did."

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Centreville Foot & Ankle Clinic
5729 Centre Square Dr.
Centreville, VA 20120
Phone: 703-830-3338
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James Hurst, DPM
5729 Centre Square Dr.
Centreville, VA 20120