Santa Monica Bunion Surgery

Updated 11/30/2020
Nina is 5 days post-op from bunion revision surgery and reports zero pain and minimal swelling.

The Best Bunion Surgeons in Santa Monica

As an internationally recognized leader in the field of podiatric medicine and foot and ankle surgery for more than fifteen years, we've achieved a reputation as being among the most experienced and successful foot and ankle surgeons and podiatry practices in the nation.


Our hallux valgus orthopedic surgeons are leaders in permanent bunion correction with surgical treatments that not only eliminates pain but leave virtually no scars.


Surgeries are performed on an out-patient basis in our state of the art surgery centers. Additionally, our bunion state-of-the-art bunion correction techniques and technologies make our bunion surgeries virtually painless.


Our Santa Monica Podiatry Location

Corporate Headquarters

2121 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 101

Santa Monica, CA 90403

(424) 238-1042


Schedule a consultation with a UFAI Foot & Ankle Specialist near you.
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What is a Bunion?

A bunion is a bony bump where the innermost bone of the foot meets the big toe.


This visible bump by the big toe appears when the first metatarsal shifts outward so the bone protrudes on the inside of the foot near the big toe joint. Sometimes a bunion develops at the base of the little toe. When that happens, it is called a "tailor's bunion."


Bunions are one of the most common foot problems for Americans and affect around 30% of adults. Two-thirds of bunions occur in women.

They're over 44 different bunion surgeries, but only a few surgical procedures are truly effective for our Santa Monica patients:


Dr. Bob Baravarian DPM gives a tour of the Santa Monica Clinic.

Forever Lapidus Bunionectomy™ 

Considered today's gold standard surgical techniques for bunion deformities.

MinVasive Bunionectomy™

A great minimally invasive bunion surgery option with the tiniest incision ever. 

Austin or Chevron Procedure Long Arm Osteotomy

Among the most common bunion surgeries.

Akin Bunionectomy

Frequently performed as an adjunct procedure.

Tailor’s Bunion Surgery

A straight forward bunion surgery for a bunion of the little toe (bunionette).


Other bunion removal surgery options include:

    • Opening Wedge bunionectomy-bone wedge placed between 1st & 2nd metatarsals
    • Tightrope with Austin Bunionectomy-complex surgery for severe deformity
    • McBride Bunionectomy-removal of bony bump without cutting & shifting bone
    • Scarf Bunionectomy- long “z” shaped cut on the first metatarsal for aligning bones


Though technically the only method for fixing a foot bunion is with surgery, our specialists take great pride in creating individualized treatment plans for each patient, with some achieving beneficial symptom relief with non-invasive bunion correction and bunion treatment without surgery.



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Santa Monica Non-Invasive Bunion Correction Treatments


According to our Board-Certified Podiatric Foot Surgeons, any bunion can be fixed.


There are a number of non-invasive, non-surgical bunion correction treatments for Santa Monica patients that can help slow down or even stop the growth of a bunion and damage to the big toe joint.


University Foot and Ankle Institute, Santa Monica urges patients to try non-surgical bunion treatments whenever possible.


Surgery, no matter how minor, is still surgery and should be avoided whenever possible. This also includes foot surgery.


There are a number of non-invasive care options at our Santa Monica Bunion Clinic, including:

  • Appropriate shoes (with a wider toe box) and custom orthotics (shoe inserts) to relieve pressure on the foot deformity.

  • Use of pads to protect from shoe pressure
  • Medications: over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medications (always take on a full stomach)

  • New techniques such as PRP or amniotic membrane injections
  • Bunion exercises and stretches to help realign the first metatarsal & big toe
  • Splints
  • Activity modification

We can also provide information relating to the good results being achieved from our cutting-edge bunion treatments with no actual cutting, such as Botox, which can greatly reduce your foot pain.



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Which Bunion Treatment Option is Best for Me?

Our consistent message for patients in the Santa Monica area is that there is no such thing as “one procedure fits all”.


Providing leading-edge care from start to finish, we always evaluate each bunion patient individually.

This is a critical part of establishing a unique bunion (often misspelled bunyon or bunyion) treatment plan for our patients in Santa Monica which does not always include bunion surgery. After your examination and X-rays, our orthopedic surgeons and podiatrists may have non-invasive techniques that may relieve your bunion pain and eliminate or delay the need for a bunionectomy.


Non-Invasive Bunion Treatments

  • Topical medications
  • Use of new techniques such as PRP or amniotic membrane injections
  • Ice packs and over-the-counter medications to relieve pain and reduce swelling
  • Stretching exercises and range of motion maneuvers to relieve discomfort


Looking for a bunion surgeon in Santa Monica? Call University Foot and Ankle Institute to schedule a consultation and learn more about our state-of-the-art advanced bunion treatment technologies and our commitment to providing leading-edge foot care to each patient. 877-989-9110.


UFAI Santa Monica Podiatry Clinic

UFAIFoot and Ankle Physical Therapy

2121 Wilshire Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90403


Parking information:

Paid parking is available in the building. Metered street parking is available on both sides of Wilshire Blvd. and free two-hour parking is also available on 22nd Street. Please pay attention to the street cleaning signs as they do ticket.


Driving Directions

From the 10 (Santa Monica) Freeway, just exit at Cloverfield Blvd and head North toward Wilshire Blvd. 

From the 405 (San Diego) Freeway, exit at Wilshire Blvd. West and head to Wilshire and 22nd Street.

We practice all CDC Covid-19 protocols


Our UCLA affiliated Santa Monica Bunion Surgery Center of Excellence here. UFAI is a nationally known leader in the field of bunion correction, plantar fasciitis, sports injuries, neuroma, hammertoe correction, foot and ankle surgery, regenerative medicine, and

platelet-rich plasma, toenail fungus, flat feet, ankle arthritis, and foot care. Our foot doctors have a success rate that ranks among the very best worldwide.


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