A bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions can be extremely painful. Because bunions are progressive, they do not go away, and will usually get worse over time. Podiatrists are specialists who provide diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, including bunions. Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers, in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens, MI, offers treatments for bunions. Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about bunions.
Bunions are often described as a bump on the side of the largest toe of the foot. It can be mild, moderate, or severe. The largest toe may turn toward the smaller toe. A prominence of the bone at the base of the baby toe is called a tailor's bunion or bunionette. The baby toe also bends inward, and the joint enlarges or swells. Bunions can last for years or be lifelong. Many patients don't seek treatment and suffer unnecessarily with the pain of bunions for years.
Bunions are often caused by wearing shoes that are too tight across the toes. Bunions occur mostly in women, as they are more likely to wear tight shoes. Some diseases, such as arthritis can cause bunions. A tendency to get bunions can also run in families. Certain foot types make people prone to developing bunions. This deformity is often caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot.
Bunions often cause swelling and pain around the joint at the base of the big toe. The skin may become warm or red. Symptoms, which occur at the site of the bunion may also include a burning sensation or numbness. Other conditions which may appear with a bunion include sores between the toes or calluses on the big toe. In some cases, bunions do not produce symptoms—other than making the foot harder to fit in a shoe.
To evaluate your condition, your foot doctor may take x-rays to determine the degree of the deformity and assess the changes that have occurred. An evaluation and x-ray examination can determine if your bunion deformity is advancing. Once your foot doctor has evaluated your condition, a treatment plan that is suited to your needs can be developed.
Treatment in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens
To treat your bunion, your podiatrist may recommend a medication to reduce pain and swelling. Your podiatrist may pad your bunion and tape your foot to keep it in a normal position. In some cases, orthotics may be provided by the podiatrist. Padding and taping the bunion can ease your pain and prevent your bunion from getting worse. In some cases, surgery is considered.
Don't let a bunion knock you off your feet. Call Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers at 586-263-4411 today to schedule an appointment in Clinton Township, MI. Call 586-275-3000 to schedule an appointment in Sterling Heights, MI. Call 586-468-5445 to schedule an appointment in Mount Clemens, MI. We can help you get rid of that bunion once and for all!