Bunions

A bunion is a growth, more specifically a soft tissue enlargement, on the big toe near the joint, where it connects to the foot. Beginning with an inward lean of the big toe, the bunion gradually changes the resting angle of the joint bones, slowly producing the bump typically associated with a bunion diagnosis.

Symptoms

Bunions are a progressive disorder, where the symptoms have the potential to become problematic or painful for some patients. Symptoms usually appear at later stages, however, it has been reported that some people never have symptoms.

  • Pain or soreness
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Burning sensation
  • Numbness
What is a Bunion

Treatment Options

Nonsurgical:

  • Bunion Pads- a great option for temporary pressure relief on the sensitive area. Your specialist will be able to recommend or provide the correct pad for your foot.
  • Ice- as with other injuries, icing the area can relieve pain and reduce swelling. Apply to the joint for 20 minutes at a time, then wait 40 minutes before repeating the process.
  • Medications- Medication can be used to alleviate some of the pain and swelling that is associated with bunions.
  • Moleskin- a moleskin patch will protect the bunion from being rubbed by shoes, which can result in blisters among other complications.
  • Wide shoes- choosing shoes that have a wide toe box will allow for more room, and less pressure on the bunion site.

Surgical:

If pain is intolerable, or the bunion prevents the patient from wearing shoes, surgery may be necessary. Contact our office to schedule a consultation for your bunion!