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Bunions: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
A bunion is a localized area of prominence or enlargement of the inner portion of the joint at the base of the big toe. Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers, which has offices in Clinton Township, MI, Sterling Heights, MI, and Mount Clemens, MI, offers a full range of podiatric services. Read on to learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for bunions.
Overview - A bunion is a bump on the side of the big toe, and it reflects changes in the bony framework of the front part of the foot. Bunions are a progressive disorder; not all cases are alike and some bunions develop quicker than others. Many individuals unnecessarily suffer the pain of bunions for years before seeing treatment.
Causes - Conditions that make your joints hurt and swell, like arthritis, can lead to bunions as can wearing high heels and ill-fitting shoes. Bunions usually run in families, and if your feet do not develop properly before birth, it can increase the risk of bunion onset.
Symptoms - The most obvious sign of a bunion is a bone deformity. It might be red or swollen and can make it hard to move your toes, especially your big toe. Bunions can also cause pain or discomfort. If you have a bunion, corns or calluses may also develop where the first and second toes overlap.
Treatments - Whether your goal is getting back to sports, work, hobbies, or just enjoying life, a podiatrist can help. Treatments for bunions include changing shoes, padding, taping, and taking pain medications. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen can help to ease inflammation and provide pain relief.
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What is a Bunion?
What Causes Bunions?
How a Podiatrist Can Help
Prevention is Key
Characterized by a large, unsightly bump on the side of the big toe joint, bunions signal an underlying deformity in the structure of the foot. Left untreated, bunions may become progressively worse, causing severe discomfort, difficulty walking, redness and swelling.
Treatment options vary with the severity of each bunion. Identifying the deformity early in its development is important in avoiding surgery. Common conservative treatments include rest, ice, padding, orthotics and footwear modifications. Many times a combination of these simple lifestyle changes and non-surgical approaches are enough to relieve the pain and stop the progression of the bunion, although these treatments won’t reverse the actual deformity.
When non-surgical treatments fail to relieve your pain, or your bunion is interfering with normal, daily activities, our office may recommend a bunionectomy, which involves the surgical removal of a bunion to reduce pressure and repair the joint. There are a variety of surgical procedures available to treat bunions. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity by realigning the toe. This is accomplished by removing the bony bump and restoring normal, pain-free function.
When Should I Consider Bunion Surgery?
- Nonsurgical, conservative treatment has failed to relieve your bunion pain
- Walking or performing normal, everyday tasks is difficult and painful
- The simple act of wearing shoes causes pain
- Your big toe joint is constantly swollen
Your age and health may also determine your candidacy for bunion surgery. Your podiatrist will work with you to determine the best treatment for your individual needs. With the surgical removal of bunions, we can relieve your pain and help you return to the activities you enjoy!
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!
Treating bunion symptoms may actually be easier than you imagined.
If our podiatrist has recently diagnosed you with a bunion you may want to point that finger at your family. After all this deformity (among other foot disorders) is extremely inheritable. So, if your mom has complained about bunions, chances are good that you may be dealing with this issue at some point in your life, too. Whether pain has started to set in or you are finding that bunions are putting a damper on your lifestyle, it’s time to visit our Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI, podiatrists - Dr. Thomas Hosey, Dr. Ryan Murphy and Dr. Kristen Patterson - for some answers.
Can you manage bunion symptoms without surgery?
Absolutely! In fact, surgery isn’t often recommended and is certainly not the first course of action. There are so many simple and less invasive approaches to reduce your bunion pain, swelling and discomfort. Here are just some of the ways to treat your bunion:
The first step is to throw out any shoes that may be putting pressure on the bunion. Besides offering enough cushioning and support, the soles should be wide enough to give your toes room to move around. If toes are bunched together, the shoes are far too tight and could be making your bunion worse.
Consider placing a gel pad over the bunion, particularly before wearing shoes. By applying this additional protective layer over the bunion you can prevent irritation from friction and also reduce your chances of developing a callus.
You can also choose to wear orthotics, or prescription shoe inserts to help redistribute the weight when walking or running. Talk to our Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights foot doctors about whether orthotics are right for you. In some situations, wearing a splint at night to realign the toe and keep it straight can also ease pain.
If your bunion is particularly agitated, you can reduce pain and inflammation with ice packs, soaking your feet in warm water or taking over-the-counter NSAID pain relievers. If bunion pain gets worse or doesn’t seem to be relieved by these measures, we may recommend cortisone injections to reduce inflammation.
When should I consider bunion surgery?
Following these recommendations is all most people will need to keep their bunion symptoms in check. Of course, those with severe bunions that cause persistent pain and affect their quality of life may want to weigh the pros and cons of their surgical treatment options.
Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers in Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI, is here for you. Don’t let bunion pain affect your life. Turn to us right away.