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Key Facts About Bunions

Bunions, a prevalent foot deformity, are characterized by a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe. Contrary to common belief, bunions are not merely a cosmetic issue but can cause discomfort and affect mobility. One essential fact about bunions is their tendency to develop gradually over time, often due to structural issues in the foot, such as flat feet or abnormal bone alignment. Additionally, wearing ill-fitting shoes, particularly those with narrow toe boxes, can exacerbate bunion development or worsen existing symptoms. Individuals with bunions may experience pain, swelling, redness, and restricted movement in the affected toe. Despite popular misconceptions, bunions cannot be permanently corrected through nonsurgical means. However, conservative measures such as wearing supportive footwear, and using orthotic inserts can help alleviate symptoms and slow the progression of the deformity. For severe cases causing significant pain or hindering daily activities, surgical intervention may be necessary to realign the affected joint and provide lasting relief from bunions. If you have a bunion, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dwayne A. Lay, DPM of Elite Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Canton, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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