Bunions are slowly worsening and, eventually, quite painful bony deformities that begin to bulge out along the inside of your foot, from the base of your big toe.
They may start small, but over time bunions get larger and worse. At the same time, the big toe drifts out of alignment in the opposite direction—sometimes crashing into, or even crossing overtop of, the second toe.
Anyone who has ever had one can tell you they’re as uncomfortable as they look. A prominent bunion can make wearing ordinary shoes a painful nightmare, and you may even develop corns and calluses in pressure zones.
But not to worry! Our team can provide effective treatment remedies. And the sooner you seek help, the more likely we can manage the pain effectively without surgery.
What Causes Bunions?
It’s not always immediately clear what causes a given bunion. However, we have a pretty good understanding of the risk factors, and they include elements of both nature and nurture.
- Nature. Bunions do tend to run in families. Unfortunately, the foot structure or walking gait you inherited from mom and dad might make you more prone to developing a bunion, if your feet aren’t able to efficiently keep excess weight and pressure away from the big toe joint.
- Nurture. Environmental factors are also linked with bunions. Some of the most common include wearing tight shoes or high heels, sustaining accidental injuries to the toe, or even developing chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
Bunion Treatment Options
There are two broad treatment options for bunions—you can either do your best to manage the symptoms and slow down the rate the bunion progresses as much as possible, or you can get it corrected surgically.
There are pros and cons to each approach, but the longer you wait to get treatment, the less likely conservative management protocols will be effective, and the more likely you are to need surgery.
Obviously, then, we strongly encourage you to seek us out as soon as you notice a bunion beginning to form, rather than waiting for symptoms to worsen. The more proactive you are, the more options we’ll have to help you.