Surgery is the only way to correct a bunion. This procedure is called a Bunionectomy and there multiple types of this surgery. It is important to know that the sooner we diagnose and treat a bunion the easier it is to correct. Correction of a bunion using the easier Z-bunionectomy enables you to return back to a normal athletic shoe in about 10 days. If the angle of the bunion progresses past a certain point, then a more aggressive type of procedure called a Lapidus Bunionectomy is required which entails a longer recovery time in a fiberglass cast.