When you suspect you have a bunion, your doctor will begin by taking a history of your condition to make she he has the full story. A physical exam will also be performed to determine the condition of the big toe joint, note any associated deformities, and evaluate the biomechanics of your foot. Xrays are usually performed as well to help evaluate the extent of malalignment of the bone and to look for arthritis.
These tests are usually sufficient for your surgical podiatrist to get an idea of the treatment that will be required. The results of all of these tests are typically explained on the first visit so that you can get a full understand of how bunions begin, what you can do to fix your bunions, and the bunion treatment that will be most appropriate on your case.