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Bunion Pain

Tuesday, 14 February 2023 00:00

A bunion, or hallux valgus, results from one of the bones in the big toe shifting out of position towards the smaller toes and causing a lump to form on the outside of the toe. These can be painless or cause a significant deformity causing severe pain and interfering with daily activities. A bunionette is a similar but smaller lump on the pinky toe. Calluses, corns, and redness can form over the bunions due to repeated friction. Bunions happen from wearing shoes that are too tight, a genetic predisposition to them, or a combination of these factors. These can get worse over time if left untreated. Since bunion pain is worse when wearing shoes, it is important to find shoes that have a wide enough toe box that allows the toes to move. If you have bunion problems, consult with a podiatrist who can suggest treatment options that can increase your comfort.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff of Lake Worth Podiatry. Our doctor 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 our office located in Lake Worth, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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