Bunion Treatment

Bunions manifest primarily as the big toe angling towards the other toes, causing a bony protrusion on the inner edge of the foot. Symptoms include pain, swelling, callused skin, and foot shape changes. Treatment aims to alleviate discomfort and may involve painkillers, orthotics, or surgery for severe cases. Untreated bunions can worsen and lead to complications like arthritis or toe misalignment. Bunions are more prevalent in women, possibly due to footwear choices like high heels. Other causes of bunions include genetics, arthritis, and ill-fitting shoes. Prevention involves wearing properly fitting shoes with ample toe room, and avoiding tight or high-heeled footwear. Surgery is often the only solution for severe cases but may not guarantee complete recovery. If you have a bunion that causes you pain, it is suggested that you make appointments with a podiatrist for regular monitoring and treatment.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of InStride Family Foot Care. Our doctors 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 offices located in Concord, Charlotte, and Salisbury, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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