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Bunions

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Bunions

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A bunion is a common foot deformity that’s characterized by a bump on the side of the big toe. In that characteristic “bump,” you are actually seeing the effect of additional bone formation in the joint and a mechanical misalignment of the big toe. A bunion causes the big toe to angle toward the smaller toes.

As the bump grows in prominence so does the pain, making it increasingly difficult for affected individuals to walk or wear shoes in later stages of the condition.

 

Causes

Reduce your risk.

Individuals that wear ill-fitting shoes, particularly tight-fitting and high-heeled shoes, are more susceptible to developing bunions.Some inherited factors may predispose certain people to the formation of bunions, as well, including congenital abnormalities in bone formation, rheumatoid arthritis, nerve conditions and injury.

 
 

Symptoms

Pinpoint your pain.

Though a visible bump on the side of the big toe is the most apparent symptom, there are several other indications that signal a bunion’s presence.These symptoms include:

  • Intermittent or chronic pain at the base of the big toe
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Hardened skin on the bottom of the foot
  • Possible numbness
  • A callus or corn on the bunion bump
  • A burning sensation
  • Stiffness and restricted motion in the big toe, leading to walking difficulties
 

Diagnosis

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In order to diagnose you properly, your doctor will consider your symptoms, examine your feet, and take X-rays to get a clearer view of the alignment of your toes and the condition of the joints in your feet.

 
 

Treatment

Life’s too short to put up with pain.

Often, bunions are treated through nonsurgical treatment methods, which focus on reducing the pain and halting the bunion’s progression. Depending on your particular injury and symptoms, your doctor may recommend the following:

  • Proper Footwear. Make sure the shoes that you wear have a roomy toe box and a low heel so that the toes are not crowded.
  • Manage the Pain. Your doctor may prescribe or recommend the use of anti-inflammatory medications that will help to reduce inflammation, as well as the pain associated with your bunion. Sometimes a corticosteroid injection at the base of the big toe helps to further reduce inflammation.
  • Get the Right Support. Custom-molded orthotic devices provide support, and may have the added benefit of helping to reposition the misaligned joint.

For a more permanent solution that’s intended to eradicate the presence of the condition and restore your mobility, the physicians at Kayal Orthopaedic Center will perform bunion surgery to remove the unwanted bony growth and re-align the big toe. Your surgeon will customize the procedure based on your needs and anatomy.

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