bunions

A bunion is a painful lump most often found on the outside of the large joint of the big toe. Bunions can be extremely painful due to your entire body weight resting on them every time you take a step. If you have a bunion, even everyday activities, such as walking or simply wearing shoes, can cause extreme discomfort.

The reason you may have developed a bunion varies. Some people have bunions due to genetic factors, complications with arthritis, or a weak foot structure. General aging can also play a role in the formation of a bunion.

If you have a bunion, you’ll first notice a bony bump on your big toe. You may experience swelling and redness and the area may be tender to the touch. To help alleviate the pain that often comes with having a bunion, we suggest you maintain a healthy weight to lessen the pressure on your toe, practice both heating and icing the affected area, wear wide-fitting shoes to allow plenty of space for your toes and minimize rubbing. It’s also smart to look into shoe inserts that can help keep your foot positioned correctly.

Left untreated, bunions can lead to further painful foot issues such as hammertoes and bursitis.

If you or someone you know has a bunion, we can help.

A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will thoroughly examine your feet to provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Request your appointment now.

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