Bunions

Bunions are a common foot deformity and are visible by a bump on the side of the big toe, but can also be found next to small toe.

Bunions are a progressive disorder and are often caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot. This abnormal structure of the foot leads to the formation of the bunion.

Shoewear can expedite this progression and can lead to other conditions such as hammertoes.

High heels and shoes that crowd the toes are leading contributors as to why women are more likely than men to develop symptoms.

Symptoms include:

  • Prominent bump next to big toe
  • Pain and Soreness
  • Inflammation and Redness
  • Burning Sensation

An X-Ray can help determine the degree of the deformity as well as the structural changes that have occurred.

Non-Surgical treatment can include:

  • Changes in Shoewear
  • Medications
  • Padding
  • Modifying Physical Activity
  • Custom Orthotic Use

Surgical Treatment occurs when pain interferes with daily activities. Removal of the bunion and correcting the structural pattern of the foot is determined by individual findings, age, physical activity and other factors. Recovery is based on the type of procedure performed, need for a cast, age, physical activity and general overall health.

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