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By Clintonville-Dublin Foot & Ankle Group
May 04, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Could the foot pain and discomfort you are experiencing be due to this foot deformity?bunions

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.

By Clintonville-Dublin Foot & Ankle Group
May 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsWhat is a Bunion?

Are you dealing with a bunion? A bunion is a protrusion of the bone at the base of the big toe. While a bunion may seem like a bump, according to the (APMA) American Podiatric Medical Association a bunion is actually the enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe – the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. While bunions are a common foot disorder, it is not something that you should ignore as bunions can cause discomfort and become inflamed if left untreated.
 

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions can be hereditary and aggravated by the shoes you wear, especially high heels or shoes that don’t have enough room for your toes. Certain factors can also contribute to the development of bunions, such as if you have flat feet or low arches or if your feet pronate (when the ankles roll in towards each other during movement and cause excessive and prolonged pressure on the joints in the feet). If you are dealing with bunions, or think that you are, it’s important to seek help from a qualified podiatrist to get the care you need to relieve your pain and discomfort.
 

How a Podiatrist Can Help

Your podiatrist may recommend certain conservative at home steps you can take to minimize the discomfort. The first thing they may recommend is that you look at or change the kind of shoes you wear. It’s important to find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your toes. Shoes such as high heels are likely to make the problem worse. Bunion pads can also help with your discomfort.
Severe bunion pain can restrict your mobility. Untreated bunions can continue to get worse if you don’t do something about them and can lead to other issues such as calluses and corns, or you may experience pain or redness on the site of the bunion, as well as swelling.
Other treatment options include orthotics or a combination of physical therapy and medication to relieve pressure and inflammation of the bunion. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to resolve the issue.
 

Prevention is Key

We all like to remain active, and oftentimes it is the result of this activity that can make your bunion pain worse. You should visit your podiatrist if you notice any issues so they can be caught and treated as early as possible. Call our office today.
By Clintonville-Dublin Foot & Ankle Group
September 08, 2017
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsA 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.