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Is there knob on the side of your big toe? Is it hard and bony? If that's the case, you may have a bunion. The doctors of Total Foot and Ankle of Tampa Bay in Zephyrhills, Sun City Center, Wesley Chapel and Riverview, FL, can help.
Bunions are when the joint of your big toe becomes larger. Bunions, also called Hallux Valgus, are protrusions that can be very painful, especially while you're doing any activity as simple as walking. For more information, you can follow this link: Bunions
Bunions can affect your walking because of friction and pressure that makes it painful to walk. Other issues may contribute to bunion formation, such as:
- Flat feet
- Occupational foot stress
- Genetics and foot type
- Foot trauma, or injury
- Foot injuries
- Tight, narrow shoes and high heels
The problem with bunions is that they can cause other toe deformities, like:
- Hallus Abducto Valgus (When the bunion rotates towards the second toe)
Before resorting to surgery, there are conservative methods to help treat bunions, such as:
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication
- Taping foot to support bunion and cushioning it
- Wearing shoe inserts, or padding to cushion bunion and reduce friction
- Changing to wide, supportive shoes, or sandals, instead of tight, narrow shoes
Your Zephyrhills, Sun City Center, Wesley Chapel and Riverview doctor may recommend an orthotic device designed to keep your toe in the proper position. If your doctor need to take a more invasive approach, they may do the following:
- Straightening your foot and big toe
- Fuse your big toe joints together
- Remove some bone in big toe
- Remove swollen tissue around toe joint
If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, just call your Zephyrhills, Sun City Center, Wesley Chapel and Riverview, FL, podiatrist.
What is a Bunion?
What Causes Bunions?
How a Podiatrist Can Help
Prevention is Key
Characterized by a large, unsightly bump on the side of the big toe joint, bunions signal an underlying deformity in the structure of the foot. Left untreated, bunions may become progressively worse, causing severe discomfort, difficulty walking, redness and swelling.
Treatment options vary with the severity of each bunion. Identifying the deformity early in its development is important in avoiding surgery. Common conservative treatments include rest, ice, padding, orthotics and footwear modifications. Many times a combination of these simple lifestyle changes and non-surgical approaches are enough to relieve the pain and stop the progression of the bunion, although these treatments won’t reverse the actual deformity.
When non-surgical treatments fail to relieve your pain, or your bunion is interfering with normal, daily activities, our office may recommend a bunionectomy, which involves the surgical removal of a bunion to reduce pressure and repair the joint. There are a variety of surgical procedures available to treat bunions. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity by realigning the toe. This is accomplished by removing the bony bump and restoring normal, pain-free function.
When Should I Consider Bunion Surgery?
- Nonsurgical, conservative treatment has failed to relieve your bunion pain
- Walking or performing normal, everyday tasks is difficult and painful
- The simple act of wearing shoes causes pain
- Your big toe joint is constantly swollen
Your age and health may also determine your candidacy for bunion surgery. Your podiatrist will work with you to determine the best treatment for your individual needs. With the surgical removal of bunions, we can relieve your pain and help you return to the activities you enjoy!
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.