Bunions are a common foot problem that affects between 10-25% of the population. Fortunately, with early intervention, they’re easy to manage and treat. At Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala, podiatrist Robert Linn Jr., DPM, has years of experience caring for bunions. To schedule an appointment at the Ocala, Florida, practice, book online, or call the office to speak with a team member today.
Bunions are painful bony bumps that form on the outer edge of the foot near the base of your big toe. They occur due to a combination of genetics, ill-fitting footwear, and undue pressure.
Bunions form slowly over time. They affect people of all races and ages but are especially common in women. If your big toe is regularly irritated or swollen and it doesn’t respond to conservative treatments like ice or rest, contact Dr. Linn right away.
Common symptoms of bunions include:
As the bunion grows, you might also experience restricted motion in your big toe. When left untreated, this can make it difficult to walk or perform other routine tasks.
Bunions are a common problem, but several factors increase your risk of getting one, including wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes and having rheumatoid arthritis. You’re also more likely to experience a bunion if they run in your family.
You can significantly lower the risk of bunions by taking good care of your feet. Dr. Linn recommends choosing your shoes carefully. Try to find a pair with a wide toe box and supportive sole. If you’re unable to wiggle your toes comfortably, the shoes are too tight.
Dr. Linn diagnoses bunions by physically examining your foot and asking about your lifestyle and symptoms. Afterward, he orders a series of X-rays to determine the severity of the bunion and help guide treatment.
Treatment for bunions depends on their size and the severity of your symptoms. Usually, Dr. Linn recommends conservative, noninvasive measures of care like:
If these methods of care don’t provide relief and your symptoms persist, Dr. Linn might recommend surgery. There are several types of bunion surgery. Depending on your needs, treatment might include removing swollen tissue from around your big toe joint, removing part of the bone to straighten your toe, or fusing the joints in your big toe together.
Following a comprehensive exam, Dr. Linn can develop a treatment plan that aligns with your needs.
To learn more about treatment for bunions, request a consultation at Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala. Book online or call to speak with a team member today.