Do you have a bunion? These painful foot deformities are fairly common – in fact, 35% of people in the U.S. who are over age 65 have at least one bunion.
A toe joint that is exceptionally enlarged causes a bunion. This causes the big toe to push against the smaller ones as it moves out of place. Those with bunions experience inflammatory pain from the bunion itself as well as irritation from constant rubbing against shoes that can cause corns and calluses.
Bunions may be hereditary and also can be caused by wearing shoes that are too narrow and tight or heels that are too high. A foot injury, congenital deformity or a specific gait can result in a bunion. Those who have arthritis, inflammatory joint disease or flat feet can sometimes be more prone to this condition.
How We Treat Bunions
Once you have a bunion, it will not go away. Without treatment, a bunion can grow larger and become even more painful.
Please come see us at Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle if you suspect that your foot pain is caused by a bunion. We can ease your pressure and pain with:
- Padding for the inside of your shoes to relieve inflammation and reduce friction.
- Custom-fitted orthotics to stabilize the joint.
- A splint that is worn at night to help realign the joint and the toes.
- Mobility and flexibility exercises to prevent stiffness and reduce the risk of arthritis.
If your pain is severe because of the extent of the bunion, we should discuss surgery – called a bunionectomy – that will remove the bunion and realign your toe.
You Can Prevent a Bunion from Worsening
- Choose well-fitting shoes made of quality materials like athletic footwear. Shoes should be roomy to keep pressure away from the joints.
- Select shoes with deep and wide toe boxes. Look also for flatter heels, flexible soles and good arch support.
- Avoid ballet-type shoe styles that encourage your feet to pronate, or roll inward, when you walk. Don’t wear flip-flops that have little to no support.
- Have your feet measured professionally each time you shop for shoes and buy for the largest size. It’s natural that our feet grow a little as we age.
- Avoid shoes that allow your feet to slide forward with each step. This movement can cause tiny trauma to your toes every time they hit the front of the shoe that can build up to a painful bunion.
Get Help for Your Bunions Now
Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience with bunions and bunion surgery along with all types of foot and ankle problems. Please come in to Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle for an examination – you can request an appointment via the website or call us at our Hudson office at 727 868-2128 or our Spring Hill office at 352 683-5799. Together we can help prevent bunion growth – call us today!