Posts for tag: Bunions
What is a Bunion?
What Causes Bunions?
How a Podiatrist Can Help
Prevention is Key
Of all the foot problems to have, bunions can be one of the most challenging. Not only are bunions sometimes painful, they are also embarrassing and can cause problems with the way your shoes fit. Learn more about bunions and how they can be corrected with the help of your podiatrist Dr. Robert Linn, Jr. at Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala, Florida.
What Are Bunions and What Causes Them?
Bunions are a foot deformity that causes the inner part of the foot to push outward while the toes move closer together. At least 23 percent of adult Americans have this condition according to the Framingham Foot Study. It is often ignored until it becomes painful. Bunions are often caused by wearing certain shoes, like pointed-toe high heels that push the toes together. This may be why it is most prevalent in women. Bunions can also run in the family.
Bunions Are Very Distinctive
If you have a bunion, you'll definitely know it. It sticks out like a sore thumb—only on your foot. A bunion looks like a growth on the inside of the foot, but it is really a bone that has moved out of its proper position (the metatarsal bone). In most cases, bunions happen on both feet and the toes will sometimes overlap, which is not normal. Your toes should be straight, properly spaced, and well-aligned.
Bunion Treatments That Can Help
If you have bunions, there are treatments that can help get your foot back to being well-formed. Here are some things your Ocala, FL podiatrist may prescribe:
- Foot pads placed on the bunion to manage pain while it’s healing.
- Orthotic devices or orthopedic shoes to help realign the toes.
- Corticosteroid injections to treat inflammation.
- Bunionectomy, a surgery to remove part of the bone or repair the bony tissue.
Talk to a Foot Doctor
It’s best to get help for bunions as soon as possible so that the condition doesn’t get any worse. Call 352-861-1055 today to schedule an exam at Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala in Florida with Robert Linn, Jr. so that he can start you on a treatment plan.
A bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your big toe joint results in inflammation and pain. Early treatment is necessary to decrease the risk of developing joint deformities.
Bunions develop due to prolonged abnormal pressure or motion on your big toe joint, most often caused by inherited structural defects, poor-fitting shoes, foot injuries, or congenital deformities. Women are generally more prone to bunions because of the shoe types typically worn, such as high-heels and narrow-toed shoes.
Bunion pain can range from mild to severe, often making it difficult to wear shoes and perform normal activities. You should contact our office if you notice the following symptoms:
- An enlarged, visible bulge on your big toe joint
- Restricted movement of your big toe or foot that prevents you from performing normal activities
- Irritation, corns or calluses caused by the overlap of the first and second toes
- Frequent pain, swelling or redness around your big toe joint
Treatment For a Bunion
Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity. Identifying the condition in its early stages is important to avoid surgery, with the main objective of early treatment being to relieve pressure and stop the progression of the deformity. Many times conservative treatments, such as padding, modified footwear or orthotic devices can be highly effective for preventing further growth and reducing the pressure and pain.
We recommend the following for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions:
- Wear comfortable shoes that don't cramp or irritate your toes and avoid high-heeled shoes
- Apply ice to reduce inflammation and pain
- Our podiatrists can show you how to apply padding to your foot to place it in its normal position and reduce stress on the bunion
When early treatments fail or the persistent pain associated with your bunion is interfering with your daily activities, a surgical procedure may be recommended as a last resort to realign the toe joint and alleviate the pressure. We can advise you on the best treatment options available to relieve pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity.