Posts for category: Bunions

By Ann M
February 13, 2015
Category: Bunions
Tags: bunions   bump on foot   callus   bony foot  

A bunion is often described as a bump on the side of the big toe. The bump is due to changes in the bony framework of the foot. The big toe leans toward the second toe, rather than pointing straight ahead. This throws the bones out of alignment and produces the bunion’s “bump.”

Bunions are a progressive disorder in that they gradually change the angle of the bones over the years and slowly produce the bump.  The bump becomes increasingly prominent, and symptoms include: pain or soreness, inflammation and redness, burning sensation and possible numbness.  Some people never have symptoms with their bunions.

Most often caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot, the bunion itself is not inherited.  Certain foot types make a person prone to developing a bunion.  Early treatments won’t reverse the deformity but can ease the pain a bunion causes and include: changes in shoe wear, padding, activity modifications, medications, icing, injection therapy and orthotics.  Surgery is an option when the patient and doctor want to remove the “bump” of bone, correct the changes in the bony structure and soft tissue and reduce pain.

When you "haven't got time for the pain," schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified podiatrists. He will tell you the best course of treatment to alleviate your pain.