Bunions

Bunions

What are Bunions?

Also known as a hallux valgus, bunions are bony bumps that form at the base of the big toe. Bunions are a common toe disorder that affects about a third of all adults in the US. They form due to the big toe pointing inward to the other toes of your feet. As a result, the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint at the base of your big toe points outward and forms a deformity by jutting out.

Bunions, if left untreated, can be the source of a lot of foot pain. Wearing narrow shoes aggravates and rubs against the skin over bunions. Walking or putting weight on the joint can lead to chronic pain over time. Bunionettes are bunions that form on the outer edge of the little toe. They may also be referred to as a "tailor's bunion." Your foot anatomy, genetics, and footwear all play a role in making you more predisposed to the formation of bunions on one or either of your feet.

What Are the Causes of Bunions?

As previously mentioned, bunions on the big toe form for several reasons. These include:

  • improperly fitted shoes—ones that are too tight or narrow
  • genetics
  • foot anatomy
  • osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • patients that stand for long hours for work
  • pregnancy

Bunions can be categorized in three ways: mild, moderate, and severe. If left untreated mild and moderate bunions transform into severe ones, affecting your ability to walk and overall quality of life.

What Are the Symptoms of Bunions?

Patients with bunions may experience the following symptoms:

  • swelling around the MTP joint
  • blisters on the bunion
  • redness and warm to the touch
  • pain while wearing shoes
  • painful corns on the second toe
  • stiff big toe—especially in the case of patients with arthritis

What to Expect During Treatment for Bunions at the Podiatrist

Prevention is ideal when it comes to managing and caring for bunions. If you have a mild bunion, it's best to seek podiatric treatment as soon as possible, as bunions only worsen and can affect your quality of life if left untreated. Regular checkups with your podiatrist can help not only prevent the onset of bunions but ensure appropriate care of your feet, especially if you have a family history or risk factors for bunions.

Treatment that your podiatrist recommends depends on if your bunion is mild, moderate, or severe in nature. The following forms of treatment are common for bunions:

  • wear comfortable footwear that's wide enough in the toe box and have heels no higher than an inch in height
  • use of orthotic insoles and pads
  • splint
  • warm soaks and ice packs to reduce pain and inflammation
  • NSAIDs
  • cortisone injections

Podiatric surgery to repair and realign the MTP toe joint is only recommended when a bunion affects your ability to walk and is extremely painful.

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K. D. (Verified Patient)
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★★★★★Sep 16, 2021
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A. W. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
I was so thankful I was referred to Dr. Lang for a foot injury due to tennis. Dr. Lang and his team made me feel welcome and took care of all of my needs. My foot healed great and I am so thankful to be back on the court!
M. L. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
Recently had an ingrown toenail removed. I was very anxious and nervous about the pain and getting it removed but the doctor and staff made me as comfortable as possible. The removal was not nearly as bad as I had anticipated. The doctor is very friendly and so gentle that I didn't even know he had started the procedure when he did.
B. D. (Verified Patient)
★★★★★Aug 30, 2021
Dr. Lang is an amazing podiatrist. Working in the service industry for over a decade ,took a toll on both of my feet. Dr. Lang, performed both bunion surgeries on me. Best decision I ever made, I am able to stand with out any of my feet aching. I can once again fit comfortably in my shoes. Thank You !!! Dr.Lang
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