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A Bunion is a Deformity

Monday, 11 May 2020 00:00

The bone deformity known as a bunion can cause pain and discomfort on the side of the big toe. It generally develops gradually, and can occur from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. This may cause the middle joint in the big toe to shift, and it may be difficult to wear the shoes that are normally worn. Common symptoms that many patients notice can include swelling, calluses that form on top of the bunion, and it may be painful on and around the big toe. Mild relief may be felt when larger shoes are worn, and it may help to wear a protective pad over it. If you have developed a bunion, please consult with a podiatrist who can recommend possible treatment options, which may include surgery for permanent removal.

If you are suffering from bunions, 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?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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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