What are Bunions?

Bunions are bony protrusions that form at the base of the big toe, where the toe meets the foot. They occur when the big toe pushes against the next toe, leading to the joint of the big toe sticking out. This can be due to a variety of factors, including genetics, foot stress, arthritis, or wearing ill-fitting shoes.

The development of a bunion results in the big toe gradually bending towards the other toes, which can cause the foot’s structure to change. This change can result in pain, soreness, and inflammation. In some cases, the skin over the bunion might become red and sore.

What are the Signs & Symptoms of Bunions?

The signs and symptoms of bunions can vary depending on the severity of the condition. Common indicators include:

  • Bulging bump on the outside of the base of the big toe.
  • Swelling, redness, or soreness around the joint of the big toe.
  • Pain, which can vary in severity.
  • Development of corns / calluses, often where the toes rub together.
  • Restricted movement of the big toe.
  • Changes in foot shape, with the big toe leaning towards the second toe.

The intensity and presence of these symptoms can vary, and not everyone with a bunion experiences severe pain. In some cases, a bunion might not cause any symptoms. However, if you notice any persistent pain or changes in the shape of your foot or toe, it’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional for evaluation and advice on managing the condition.

What are some treatments for Bunions?

Working with our team of specialists ensures that your unique situation receives a treatment option that meets your individual needs, providing fast relief and the solution you are looking for.

  • Wearing comfortable, well-fitted shoes.
  • Using bunion pads or cushions.
  • Applying ice to reduce swelling.
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • Using orthotic devices.
  • Engaging in foot exercises to maintain joint mobility.
  • Cortisone injections for pain management.
  • Surgical intervention in severe cases.

If you are experiencing persistent discomfort or pain, it’s essential to seek professional evaluation and treatment. Dr. Joseph at Northern Ankle Foot Associates specializes in podiatric care and can provide expert guidance and personalized treatment options to address your situation. Schedule an appointment for a thorough assessment and a tailored treatment plan to get you back on your feet comfortably.