Bunions and Treatment
What are bunions?
Do you see a bump on the side of your big toe? Is that big toe pushing against the next toe? Then you might very well have a bunion, which is actually a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Not to worry, though. If you’re suffering pain from a bunion, we’ll provide you with the best medical intervention available. But what foot bunion treatment is the best for you?
What causes bunions?
Bunions are most often caused by foot stress, arthritis and/or tight shoes. You might even be predisposed to the condition, so don’t be so hard on yourself!
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms, which occur at the site of the bunion may include:
- Pain or soreness
- Inflammation and redness
- A burning sensation
- Possible numbness
You’ll find that these symptoms happen mostly when wearing shoes with a tight toe box or high heels. This may explain why women are more likely to have symptoms than men. In addition, spending long periods of time on your feet can aggravate your symptoms.
What is the best foot bunion treatment for you?
Changes in shoe wear, i.e. a wide toe box and lower heels
- Padding over the area of the bunion to help minimize your pain
- Avoiding activity that causes bunion pain, including standing for long periods of time
- Taking oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen
- Icing to reduce inflammation and pain
- Customized Orthotics using our state-of-the-art scanning technology for the perfect fit
If nonsurgical treatments fail to relieve your bunion pain, then it is time to discuss surgical options with a one of our multidisciplinary foot and ankle surgeons. There are a variety of surgical procedures that are available to you. All are designed to remove the bump of bone, correct the changes in the bony structure of your foot and correct soft tissue changes that may also have occurred. The goal of surgery is to reduce the pain and deformity.