A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. Tight shoes, foot stress, and arthritis are causes.The main symptoms are bone deformity, pain, and stiffness.Treatments include changing shoes, padding the foot, and pain medications. Painful bunions can be removed surgically.

Because they are bone deformities, painful bunions require surgical correction to relieve the pressure and pain caused by irritations and to stop any progressive growth of the enlargement.

If you have a bunion, you're not alone! It is estimated that 33% of the populations of Western countries have bunions.

Causes of Bunions

  • Although not hereditary, they do tend to run in families because of faulty foot structure
  • Flat feet
  • Injuries
  • Neuromuscular problems
  • Occupations that require you to place great strain on your feet
  • Pronated feet (feet that roll inward when walking or running)
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight

Symptoms of Bunions

  • A bony bump on the side of your foot at the base of the big toe
  • Corns or other irritations caused by the overlap of the big and second toes
  • Pain, redness, or swelling at the metatarsophalangeal joint
  • Restricted or painful movement of the big toe

Conservative Treatment for Bunions

  • Changing to carefully fitted footwear designed to accommodate the bunion and not contribute toward its growth
  • Exercises to maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis
  • Orthotic devices
  • Protective padding, often made from felt material, to eliminate the friction against shoes and to help reduce inflammation and skin problems

Surgical Treatment: When Conservative Care Is Not an Option

Depending on the size of the enlargement, misalignment of the toe, and pain experienced, conservative treatments may not be adequate to prevent progressive damage from bunions. In these cases, bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy, may be advised to remove the bunion and realign the toe. With over 26 years of surgical experience, Dr. Edward Lang, our board-certified surgical specialist, has performed thousands of successful foot and ankle procedures. 

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