What are Bunions?
If you think you may have a bunion, it’s important to seek treatment from a qualified podiatrist like Dr. Sunshein. Here’s what you need to know about this common foot deformity:
A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe, jutting out to the inside of the foot. This bump is caused by the big toe angling inward, pushing the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint out of position. In addition to the bump, you may also notice redness, swelling, and calluses.
Bunions can cause pain and discomfort, especially during physical activity. This is because the MTP joint is important for pushing off the ground with every step. A bunion can make this process painful.
In some cases, you may develop a similar condition known as a bunionette or “tailor’s bunion,” which forms on the outside edge of your foot at the MTP joint of your little toe.
Dr. Sunshein can help you determine the best course of treatment for your specific condition, which may include changes to your footwear and the use of pads or other devices to relieve pressure on the bunion.
Conservative Options for Bunions
At Sunshein Podiatry, we understand the discomfort and difficulty walking that bunions can cause. That’s why we offer a range of treatment options to help alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Some of the conservative treatment options:
- Changes to your footwear to allow for more room for your bunion and take pressure off of it to reduce pain.
- Medication to help with the pain.
- Custom orthotics will help with reducing the pressure on the bunion, give your feet the support they need, and reduce irritation.
- Splinting or padding and taping your foot into a natural position to relieve pain and reduce stress on the bunion.
- Applying ice to a bunion after time spent on your feet to reduce inflammation, soreness, and pain.
If these methods aren’t enough to address your symptoms, we may recommend surgery. This can involve removing swollen tissue, realigning your bones, or permanently joining your bones in the affected joint.
The great news is that Dr. Sunshein is an expert in the Lapiplasty Procedure, which can cut down your recovery time significantly! Learn more about this procedure here on our website.