A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of your big toe. The bump is usually the outcome of the big toe pushing against the adjacent toe, forcing the joint of the big toe to increase in size and stick out. Though the condition is not gender-specific, it is commonly found in women. Several independent studies have shown that bunion symptoms occur ten times more in women than men. If you notice a protruding bone bump in your toe, it might be a case of the bunion. Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center Plano works with participating physicians to help you find an experienced orthopedic surgeon for the treatment of bunions and other bone related conditions. This post gives an overview of the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for a bunion. Read on.
Here are a few visual symptoms of a bunion. Let’s take a look.
- Bulging bump or an unusual protruding shape at the joint of your big toe
- Persistent foot pain in the bump area while walking and wearing shoes
- Inflammation, redness, or unusual tenderness of the skin in the affected area
- Difficulty in moving the big toe
- In chronic cases difficulty in walking
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is advisable to consult an orthopedists for treatment.
If you have a bunion, here are a few reasons why it may have happened to you.
- Wearing tight-fit shoes, especially high-heel and narrow-toed shoes
- Inherited foot type
- Congenital deformities such as flat fleet that may cause bunion formation
If you are facing a bunion problem, refrain from wearing flimsy soled shoes. They can stress the bunion joint and increase the pain.
- Wear padded shoes that give enough room to your toes to wiggle
- OTC pain-relief medication
- Wear arch support in your footwear
Bunionectomy surgery is performed to treat the bunion deformity. The surgery can either involves removal of the bone, or removal of swollen tissue from the involved joint. In some cases both types of procedures are utilized to treat the problem.
Need Treatment Options for Your Bunion?
Though there are many methods to get temporary relief from a bunion, the condition may get worse with the progression of time. If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned in this post, waste no time in contacting Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center. We help you connect with orthopedic physicians with a wealth of experience in treating and managing foot and ankle problems. All you need to do is book an appointment, or simply call at 1-888-608-4762.
Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.