What is a Bunion?
Don’t confuse a bunion with a callus. A bunion looks like a “bump” on the joint of the big toe. They result from the bones in your foot becoming misaligned. More often than not, the big toe is leaning inward towards the middle toe giving the appearance of a bump on the joint. Bunions are a progressive disease that warrants treatment by a Plano podiatry specialist or foot doctor early on.
What are the Symptoms of Bunions?
While some people may never have symptoms, most people experience pain at the base of the big toe near the joint, redness at the big toe joint, pain such as a burning sensation associated with activity, pain when wearing shoes, and numbness in the big toe.
What Causes Bunions?
Most people can blame their bunions on heredity and you may have inherited a faulty foot bone structure making you more likely to have bunions. If you have flat feet, then this might also contribute to bunions while younger patients may be diagnosed with bunions because of hyper-flexibility. Bunions are not caused by high heels that crowd the toes, wearing shoes that are too tight, and spending a lot of time on your feet, these situations can exacerbate the problem causing bunion symptoms to appear faster and be more severe. These are some of the reasons that women are treated for bunions more often than men are.
Treatment for Bunions
As with most foot disorders, foot care doctors in Plano use a variety of non-invasive methods first before moving on to more invasive treatment methods, including wearing different footgear, using padding, and prescribing anti-inflammatory medications. If these treatment methods don’t work your podiatrist in Plano TX may use injection therapy, and as a last resort, surgery.
Disclaimer: You should know that this information is provided to serve as a resource only. It is not professional medical advice. If you have foot problems or questions about foot issues, consult with a qualified Plano podiatrist or foot care doctor in Plano.