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Causes, Definition, and Embracing Life While Living With a Bunion

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Bunions are a prevalent foot condition, bringing discomfort and challenges to daily life. These bony protrusions, medically known as hallux valgus, develop at the joint where the big toe meets the foot. They often occur from a combination of factors, including genetics, ill- fitting footwear, and structural anomalies in the foot. Defined by the outward deviation of the big toe and the subsequent misalignment of bones, bunions can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty in finding comfortable shoes. Living with bunions requires proactive measures. Choosing shoes that have ample toe space and arch support can help to reduce discomfort. Surgery may be needed for removal if the bunion is severe and affecting the other toes. If you have a bunion, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with treatment options that are right for you.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Apopka, Debary, Lake Mary, Orlando, and Oviedo, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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