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Could the foot pain and discomfort you are experiencing be due to this foot deformity?
Chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of bunions, but do you know what they are and how they occur? If you don’t, you’re about to find out. Our Dublin and Columbus, OH, podiatrists can tell you more about bunions, why they occur, and how to prevent one from happening.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a very common foot deformity that causes the joint at the base of the big toes to stick out. A bunion ranges from mild to severe and can continue to progress and get worse if you aren’t careful. Over time you’ll also notice that the big toe leans inward towards the other toes and can even cross over the toes, causing the joint to jut out even further.
What causes bunions to form?
In most cases, bunions are inherited. This means that if a sibling or parent has bunions that you are also more likely to develop one. Sometimes a foot injury or structural abnormality is to blame. Of course, it isn’t always possible to tell what’s causing a bunion; however, the root cause isn’t important to managing the condition and preventing it from becoming worse.
While experts are still on the fence about whether or not tight shoes or high heels can also cause bunions, it’s important to avoid these kinds of shoes as they can certainly make bunions worse.
Is there a way to prevent bunions in Dublin and Columbus?
Since some people are just born with a certain foot structure that can predispose them to bunions, this is something you can’t change; however, you can change the kind of shoes you wear. As a general rule, you should avoid shoes that are too tight, put pressure on the base of the big toe joint or have heels over 2 inches tall. Also, make sure to wear shoes that provide a roomy toe box (toes should be able to freely wiggle and move without being bunched up).
Clintonville/Dublin Foot & Ankle Group offers two offices in Columbus, OH, and one in Dublin, OH, to ensure that everyone gets the proper foot and ankle care they need whenever they need it. If you are looking for bunion treatment options or you are wondering if you are dealing with a bunion, call our office today to schedule a consultation.
What is a Bunion?
What Causes Bunions?
How a Podiatrist Can Help
Prevention is Key
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.