A bunion is a bony protrusion that usually forms on the joint at the bottom of the big toe. Bunions appear when your big toe is pushed against the second toe, causing the joint of the big toe to protrude outward. The skin covering the bunion becomes red and sore, making it difficult to wear shoes or walk without discomfort.
Acute bunions are the result of bursitis; adolescent bunions are common in teenagers. Smaller-sized bunions, known as a Tailor’s bunions -- sometimes called bunionettes -- can also develop on the base of your little toe.
The weight of the body falling unevenly on the tendons and joints of the feet often causes bunions. Many women who wear high-heeled shoes suffer from bunions, but men also get them. Bunions may also develop as the result of a structural defect in the foot, a foot injury, arthritis, or another medical condition.
You may have a bunion if you experience:
Bunions won’t go away entirely unless Dr. Hetman removes them surgically; however, both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options are available to provide relief from the discomfort bunions cause.
Nonsurgical options include:
If these nonsurgical methods don’t provide relief or if the pain negatively impacts your daily life, you may need surgery. Surgical procedures for treating bunions include:
Untreated bunions may result in more complicated foot conditions, and proper evaluation by a trained podiatrist will confirm a bunion and ensure the right treatment plan.
Call Dr. Hetman at Foot Specialists of Memorial, PA in Houston and Katy, Texas for an evaluation or book one online today.
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