At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX, our podiatrists see many patients with bunions. In this blog post, you'll learn what bunions are, how they can affect your foot health, and how they're treated.
What are bunions?
On the surface, a bunion, also known as hallux valgus, will look like a pronounced, triangular lump or growth under the skin, but they're actually an abnormal bending of the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions develop when the big toe is consistently pushed against the other toes and the joint begins to jut outwards. They tend to affect women more than men, largely due to popular styles of women's footwear that crowd the toes. They're known to be hereditary, so if your mother had bunions, it's more likely you will experience them as well. Arthritis can also exacerbate the development of bunions.
Are bunions dangerous?
Typically, bunions do not cause major problems, although they can develop blisters or calluses if they rub up against the inside of your shoes. This is little more than uncomfortable for most people; however, your McKinney and Prosper podiatrist urges all patients with diabetes to make an appointment any time a foot injury develops. This is to avoid potential complications associated with diminished blood circulation. We also see patients who experience joint pain associated with bunions, particularly if they have arthritis.
How are bunions treated?
Often, a troublesome bunion can be managed with a cushioned pad or shoe insert. Your podiatrist can recommend the best brands and designs for your situation. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication can also help quell joint discomfort. For particularly painful bunions that do not respond to conservative treatment, there are surgical procedures that can realign the joint.
For questions about bunions or any other foot and ankle related problem, contact Advanced Foot and Ankle Center to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists. We have offices located in both McKinney and Prosper, TX to better serve your needs!