Many people may unnecessarily suffer the pain of bunions for years before seeking treatment. However, there is no need to suffer, as there are a variety of conservative and surgical treatment options available to help with the common foot deformity.

Attend RiverView’s Monday, Nov. 25th health luncheon, “Bunions: An In-Depth Look at a Common Foot Ailment’’ for information on what causes the deformity and what treatment options may best suit your needs. RiverView Podiatrist Dr. Bethany Staehnke will present.

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. It occurs when some of the bones in the front part of your foot move out of place. This causes the tip of your big toe to be pulled toward the smaller toes and forces the joint at the base of your big toe to stick out. The skin over the bunion might be red and sore.

Anyone can get a bunion, but bunions are more common in women. Many women wear tight, narrow shoes that squeeze the toes together—which makes it more likely for a bunion to develop, worsen and cause painful symptoms.

In most cases, bunion pain is relieved by wearing wider shoes with adequate toe room and using other simple treatments to reduce pressure on the big toe. In some cases, surgery is needed.

Besides wearing ill-fitting shoes, there are many theories about how bunions develop, but the exact cause is unknown. Other factors likely include:

  • Inherited foot type
  • Foot stress or injuries
  • Deformities present at birth
  • Bunions might be associated with certain types of arthritis, particularly inflammatory types, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

At the Monday luncheon, Dr. Staehnke will also share what to expect in a clinical exam and work up related to bunion care.

Dr. Staehnke, a Crookston native, practices in Crookston and East Grand Forks. Her clinical interests are in sports injuries, biomechanical pathology, arthritis injuries and flat foot deformities. She treats patients of all ages and focuses on patient education.


The luncheon will be held in Meeting Room #1 of RiverView Health, 323 S. Minnesota Street, beginning at noon. Meeting Room #1 is located near the RiverView Clinic entrance on the north side of the building and across from the elevators on first floor. Due to building construction, all RiverView patients and guests are asked to park in the North parking lot and use the entrance near the North Clinic.

The luncheon series is in its 21st year of sponsorship by RiverView Health. All men and women interested in improving their health are invited to attend. Pre-registration is required. A boxed lunch can be purchased for $3, but must be ordered while pre-registering for the event. Call Holly Anderson at 218-281-9745 for additional information and to pre-register.