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A Few Different Options for Bunion Relief

Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

A bunion is a foot condition involving a bony protrusion on the side of the big toe and is easy to notice. It is considered to be a deformity, and may cause the toes to shift towards each other. A common reason why people can develop bunions is from wearing shoes that are too small in the toe area. This can force the toes to squeeze together, and be uncomfortable. In severe cases, walking may become difficult, and larger shoes may need to be purchased that can accommodate the bunion. Research has shown that family genes may contribute to developing a bunion. Additionally, arthritis may lead to getting a bunion, as a result of inflamed toe joints. Symptoms of this ailment can include pain and swelling surrounding the big toe, and there may be calluses and corns that form on top of the bunion as it touches the side of the shoe. Mild relief may come from wearing a protective pad over the bunion, and orthotics may be prescribed that may help to realign the foot structure. If you have a bunion, it is strongly urged that you contact a podiatrist who can recommend the correct treatment options, which may include surgery for permanent removal. 

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dr. Harris L. Klear of Burlington County Podiatry Associates. 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 one of our offices located in Marlton and Delran, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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