Bunions are a common problem. In fact, over half of the women in the United States have developed a bunion at some point, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Your podiatrist can help.
You are more likely to develop a bunion if you have a genetic bone formation that causes your big toe joint to protrude outward. The big toe joint rubs against the inside of your shoe, causing irritation. The irritation is followed by inflammation, and then bunion formation. The bunion will appear as a hard, bony bump on the side of your big toe.
If you are suffering from a bunion, you already know how it can impact your life, affecting your mobility and making it difficult to wear shoes. For a small bunion, you may be able to treat it at home. You can try:
For larger, more painful bunions, you should seek out the help and expertise of your podiatrist. Treatment begins with a comprehensive examination of your foot, toe, and the bunion. Your podiatrist may recommend imaging studies to determine the level of bone involvement in the bunion. After a thorough evaluation, your podiatrist may recommend these common professional treatments for bunions:
In severe cases, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to remove the bunion, a procedure known as a bunionectomy. Your podiatrist can discuss this option with you. Remember that you can do a lot to prevent bunions. Wearing shoes with plenty of room for your toes can help.
To find out more about the causes, signs, symptoms, and treatment of bunions, talk with an expert. Call your podiatrist today.