About 18 million women and 4 million men in the United States have bunions, which can be irritating and painful. Fortunately, the board-certified podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Specialty Center in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, offer simple bunion treatments that get you back on your feet pain-free. Call Foot & Ankle Specialty Center to learn more about bunion treatment or use the online booking tool today.
Bunions are bony, often painful, bumps that develop at the base of your big toe and stick out further than they are supposed to. Smaller bunions, called bunionettes, may form at the joint in your little toe.
Bunions can form slowly over time, put pressure on your big toe joint, and develop into a bone deformity that’s painful when you wear shoes or walk. Bunions are more common in women than in men. Wearing narrow, tight shoes increases the risk of developing bunions or makes them more pronounced and painful.
You might have a bunion if you experience the following signs or symptoms:
If bunion pain restricts movement in your toe or prevents you from being active, the specialists at Foot & Ankle Specialty Center evaluate your toe and establish an appropriate treatment.
The exact cause of bunions is unknown, but they likely result from foot injuries, birth deformities, or genetics. Factors that may increase your risk of developing bunions include:
Anybody can develop bunions. That’s why the experienced podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Specialty Center offer numerous personalized treatments to ease discomfort.
Your doctor reviews your medical history and symptoms, and examines your toe. They might take X-rays to confirm a bunion diagnosis, rate its severity, or identify its cause. Bunion treatment options include nonsurgical treatments and surgery.
Your podiatrist may recommend nonsurgical treatments for bunion symptom relief. Examples include:
If nonsurgical options don’t work or your bunion is severe and interferes with everyday activities, your podiatrist might suggest surgery to correct bunion deformities. Full recovery after bunion surgery takes a few weeks or months, but you will walk correctly after the procedure.
For pain relief from bunions, schedule an appointment with the podiatry experts at Foot & Ankle Specialty Center by phone or online today.