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A bunion is one of the most common foot deformities, often affecting the joint at the base of the big toe. Anyone can develop this painful condition but it most often occurs in women. A bunion affects the structure of the foot, causing the joint to become enlarged, which causes the big toe to lean inward towards the other toes. In some cases, the big toe even overlaps the toes. This deformed joint may often become red or swollen, especially when wearing certain shoes or after certain physical activities.
A bunion is a gradual deformity, which means that as soon as you begin to notice changes in the joint or you start to experience symptoms you should consult a podiatrist. While the only way to correct the deformity is through surgery this is usually the last treatment option. After all, a foot doctor can often create a treatment plan that will reduce pain and prevent the deformity from progressing without needing to turn to surgery.
The first course of treatment is usually more conservative. You may be able to manage your bunion pain and swelling by:
- Taking over-the-counter NSAIDs
- Icing the bunion for up to 15 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
- Placing orthotics into your shoes to alleviate pressure on the joint (talk to your podiatrist about creating custom orthotics)
- Splinting or taping the foot to improve the structural alignment
- Wearing appropriate and supportive footwear that doesn’t put pressure on the toes or bunion
- Applying a bunion pad over the area to prevent a callus from forming while wearing shoes
- Avoiding certain activities and sports that could exacerbate your condition
For many people, these lifestyle changes and simple at-home treatment options are all that’s needed to reduce bunion pain and discomfort, and to prevent the problem from getting worse. Of course, if you find that at-home care isn’t providing you with relief, or if bunion pain is persistent or severe, then you should turn to a podiatrist for an evaluation. Not sure if you have a bunion or not? Call your foot doctor.
When should someone consider bunion surgery?
As we mentioned earlier, bunion surgery is considered a last resort when all other treatment options have been exhausted and they haven’t helped get your bunion symptoms under control. You may also want to consider getting bunion surgery if:
- Your bunion is large and makes it difficult to wear shoes
- Your bunion pain is severe and chronic
- You have trouble walking or moving around because of your bunion
- Your bunion is affecting your quality of life
It can take up to 6 months to fully recover from traditional bunion surgery so it’s important to discuss all of your treatment options with your podiatrist to find the most effective method for getting your bunion symptoms under control.
Approximately 33 percent of people in Western countries develop bunions. This, however, isn't due to the problem being hereditary, although certain families have the tendency to form them. If you're one of those people suffering from bunions, Dr. Sara Bouraee of Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists at Williamsburg and Hampton, VA, can offer treatment to alleviate discomfort. Read below to learn more!
Signs That You May Have a Bunion
If you start to notice the joint of your big toe becoming larger, then you may be forming a bunion. The protrusion of the bunions can be very painful and other issues such as flat feet, foot injuries, and neuromuscular problems may contribute to their formation. An additional problem with bunions is that they can cause the formation of other toe deformities, such as hammertoes, bursitis, arthritis, corns, and calluses.
Here are some other things bunions can have an effect on:
- Walking can be an obstacle because it rubs against your shoes causing friction, pressure, redness, and pain.
- The bunion can also cause the toe to overlap the third toe, which is something referred to as Hallux Valgus.
- If the bunion moves towards the second toe and starts to rotate, this is called Hallus Abducto Valgus.
- The enlargement moves the toe at an angle where it starts bending in towards the rest of the toes.
How to Deal with Bunions
- Make sure to wear shoes that have extra padding. The felt material in the padding creates a protective cushion that reduces friction. This will help reduce the amount of friction and inflammation to your skin.
- Custom orthotic devices can keep your toe in the proper position.
- To improve and maintain healthy joint mobility and reduce stiffness, your podiatrist may prescribe exercises.
- Removing corns and calluses, if they've formed any, can help alleviate some of the issues experienced due to bunions.
Seeking Relief? Give Us a Call!
Bunions are painful to deal with. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, just call one of our offices in either Williamsburg or Hampton, VA. For Williamsburg, call (757) 220-3311, and for Hampton, call (757) 224-7605.
What is a Bunion?
What Causes Bunions?
How a Podiatrist Can Help
Prevention is Key
Bunions affect about 31 percent of adults according to the Framingham Foot Study. Some cases are relatively minor and only show a slight deformity, while other cases are interfering with the patient's ability to walk and wear shoes. If you think you may have bunions, find out for certain by visiting Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle in Hampton and Williamsburg, VA.
Bunions—A Common Foot Deformity
Bunions are foot deformities that cause pain, discomfort, and embarrassment for millions of Americans. Pressure on the big toe causes the toe to move inward while the joint moves outward, enlarges, and swells. The big toe starts to crush or overlap the other toes. This is not a problem that will go away on its own—you must have them treated by your Hampton or Williamsburg, VA podiatrist as soon as possible.
What Causes Bunions?
Women who wear pointed high heels often complain about bunions. In general, wearing uncomfortable, inexpensive shoes—especially when you do a lot of walking every day—can cause bunions to form. Some people are more prone to this foot problem due to an arthritic condition.
The treatment for bunions depends on the severity of the condition. A small bunion can often be corrected by wrapping the feet and wearing custom orthotics or pads for an extended period of time. Taking some time off your feet may also aid the healing process. If there is a callus on the bunion, that will be removed by your podiatrist. Certain therapeutic exercises can also help with joint mobility. A night splint, worn while sleeping, can help with realignment. If non-invasive solutions don't work, a surgery called a bunionectomy may be required.
Realign Your Feet
Bunions will likely continue to increase in size and become more painful to live with if you don't have them treated promptly. Dr. Sara Bouraee and Dr. Mahmoud Salem can help you at their Hampton and Williamsburg, VA podiatry office. Call (757) 220-3311 or (757) 224-7605 today to schedule a foot consultation.
Characterized by a large, unsightly bump on the side of the big toe joint, bunions signal an underlying deformity in the structure of the foot. Left untreated, bunions may become progressively worse, causing severe discomfort, difficulty walking, redness and swelling.
Treatment options vary with the severity of each bunion. Identifying the deformity early in its development is important in avoiding surgery. Common conservative treatments include rest, ice, padding, orthotics and footwear modifications. Many times a combination of these simple lifestyle changes and non-surgical approaches are enough to relieve the pain and stop the progression of the bunion, although these treatments won’t reverse the actual deformity.
When non-surgical treatments fail to relieve your pain, or your bunion is interfering with normal, daily activities, our office may recommend a bunionectomy, which involves the surgical removal of a bunion to reduce pressure and repair the joint. There are a variety of surgical procedures available to treat bunions. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity by realigning the toe. This is accomplished by removing the bony bump and restoring normal, pain-free function.
When Should I Consider Bunion Surgery?
- Nonsurgical, conservative treatment has failed to relieve your bunion pain
- Walking or performing normal, everyday tasks is difficult and painful
- The simple act of wearing shoes causes pain
- Your big toe joint is constantly swollen
Your age and health may also determine your candidacy for bunion surgery. Your podiatrist will work with you to determine the best treatment for your individual needs. With the surgical removal of bunions, we can relieve your pain and help you return to the activities you enjoy!