Posts for tag: Bunions
What is a Bunion?
What Causes Bunions?
How a Podiatrist Can Help
Prevention is Key
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!
Find out how to manage your bunion symptoms and when to consider surgery.
Regardless of whether you want to sport those lovely pair of sandals or your new high heels, you may realize that you’ll want to do something about that bump that’s sticking out at the base of your big toe. This is known as a bunion or, as our McKinney and Prosper, TX, podiatrists call it, a hallux valgus.
This deformity occurs when the joints and bones of the big toe are misaligned and stay that way so long that all the pressure and force causes the protrusion to get larger and the big toe to lean inwards on the other toes. So, what can you do to treat pain, discomfort or other symptoms of having a bunion?
In the beginning, our McKinney and Prosper foot doctors will offer up conservative but effective approaches for treating your symptoms. Some people don’t experience symptoms at all but if you have pain or pressure near the joint here are some ways to tackle this issues:
- Take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce swelling and pain. We know this is only a temporary solution but one that can help here and there along with other treatments.
- Wear a moleskin pad to cover over the bunion. This will help take pressure of the bony protrusion and prevent friction and pressure when walking in shoes.
- Talk to us about whether getting custom orthotics could redistribute the weight more evenly on your feet and take pressure off your bunion.
- Only wear shoes that give your toes enough room to wiggle and move around.
- Consider wearing a foot splint at night while you are asleep. This splint can help reposition your toe so it’s in the proper alignment, which will reduce pain.
When is it time to get surgery?
If your bunion is causing severe or chronic pain, or it makes it difficult to walk or move around comfortably then we may recommend surgery. This is usually the case for those who’ve had pain for at least a year and haven’t experienced relief from the above treatment methods.
If you aren’t sure whether you have a bunion it’s a good idea to have the foot specialists at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX, take a look and make sure before you start treating your symptoms. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
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.