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A bunion is one of the most common foot deformities, often affecting the joint at the base of the big toe. Anyone can develop this painful condition but it most often occurs in women. A bunion affects the structure of the foot, causing the joint to become enlarged, which causes the big toe to lean inward towards the other toes. In some cases, the big toe even overlaps the toes. This deformed joint may often become red or swollen, especially when wearing certain shoes or after certain physical activities.
A bunion is a gradual deformity, which means that as soon as you begin to notice changes in the joint or you start to experience symptoms you should consult a podiatrist. While the only way to correct the deformity is through surgery this is usually the last treatment option. After all, a foot doctor can often create a treatment plan that will reduce pain and prevent the deformity from progressing without needing to turn to surgery.
The first course of treatment is usually more conservative. You may be able to manage your bunion pain and swelling by:
- Taking over-the-counter NSAIDs
- Icing the bunion for up to 15 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
- Placing orthotics into your shoes to alleviate pressure on the joint (talk to your podiatrist about creating custom orthotics)
- Splinting or taping the foot to improve the structural alignment
- Wearing appropriate and supportive footwear that doesn’t put pressure on the toes or bunion
- Applying a bunion pad over the area to prevent a callus from forming while wearing shoes
- Avoiding certain activities and sports that could exacerbate your condition
For many people, these lifestyle changes and simple at-home treatment options are all that’s needed to reduce bunion pain and discomfort, and to prevent the problem from getting worse. Of course, if you find that at-home care isn’t providing you with relief, or if bunion pain is persistent or severe, then you should turn to a podiatrist for an evaluation. Not sure if you have a bunion or not? Call your foot doctor.
When should someone consider bunion surgery?
As we mentioned earlier, bunion surgery is considered a last resort when all other treatment options have been exhausted and they haven’t helped get your bunion symptoms under control. You may also want to consider getting bunion surgery if:
- Your bunion is large and makes it difficult to wear shoes
- Your bunion pain is severe and chronic
- You have trouble walking or moving around because of your bunion
- Your bunion is affecting your quality of life
It can take up to 6 months to fully recover from traditional bunion surgery so it’s important to discuss all of your treatment options with your podiatrist to find the most effective method for getting your bunion symptoms under control.
You may be able to ignore a headache or an aching back for a little while, but it's often impossible to forget about foot pain. Luckily, your Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, Sun City Center and Apollo Beach/Riverview, FL, podiatrists at Total Foot & Ankle of Tampa Bay offer effective treatments for the conditions that affect your feet.
What causes foot pain?
Pain in your foot may occur due to:
- An Ingrown Toenail: An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of your nail grows into the surrounding skin. You may be able to loosen the trapped nail by soaking your toe in warm water for 15 minutes, then placing dental floss or cotton under the nail. If you can't free the trapped nail or you have diabetes, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with your Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, Sun City Center or Apollo Beach/Riverview podiatrist. They'll perform a minor procedure to remove the edge of the nail.
- Plantar Fasciitis: A tough band of tissue called the plantar fascia connects your toes to your heels on the underside of your foot. If the fascia becomes inflamed, you'll notice pain in your heel. Rest, and over-the-counter pain medications can be helpful if you have plantar fascia. If your heel still hurts after a few weeks of home care, your podiatrist may recommend prescription orthotics or heel cups, physical therapy, night splints or extracorporeal shockwave therapy.
- Bunions: A bunion is a bony bump at the base of your big toe. The bumps are particularly common in women who wear high heels or tight shoes regularly. Rest can ease bunion pain, but the bumps won't go away on their own. Your foot doctor may recommend that your tape your foot to improve the position of your joint or wear orthotics. Surgery offers the only way to reverse bunions.
- Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis: Although you may associate arthritis with painful hands or knees, the condition can also affect your feet. Treatment options for arthritis include orthotics, anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone injections, physical therapy, orthopedic shoes and surgery, in some cases.
Are you ready to find a solution for your foot pain? Schedule an appointment with the foot doctors at Total Foot & Ankle of Tampa Bay by calling (813) 788-3600 for the Wesley Chapel, FL, office, (813) 788-3600 for the Zephyrhills office, (813) 633-5900 for the Sun City Center or Apollo Beach/Riverview offices.
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!