If finding shoes that fit properly is the most difficult aspect of your life, it may be due to a bunion. These growths bulge out of the base of the big toe joint and can not only make choosing shoes that fit well, but also walking even a few steps quite a struggle.
The Community Foot Clinic of McPherson has extensive training in bunion treatment and is dedicated to patient care and concerns. There’s no reason to take one more step with the pain and irritation of bunions. Come in today and start the healing process.
What is a bunion?
This is one of the most common foot conditions known to podiatrists today. Bunions develop as the big toe is forced inward and the joint tissues known as the MTP joint, is pushed outward. The ensuing misalignment of the bones can cause enough pressure to begin to reshape the very structure of the foot and allow a bunion to occur. The abnormal joint formation will usually become red, swollen, and very painful. The most important thing to realize about bunions is that they are permanent without surgical intervention. In order to avoid such measures, there are a few minor changes patients can make to their lifestyle. To take an active role in your bunion prevention, contact Dr. Timson today.
The signs of bunion formation are easily discernible and should be monitored carefully. Without podiatric treatment the symptoms of bunions will only get worse over time. The damage caused by the development of the bump on the big toe is fairly isolated. Patients typically experience inflammation and pain in the joint during activity and rest. As the MTP joint is forced outward, the bunion will bulge above the profile of the foot significantly. This abnormal shape of the foot can make it quite difficult to find shoes that fit properly, so even a moderate amount of walking can be painful. The amount of irritation caused by the crowding of the toes can cause corns and calluses to form between the first and second digits of the foot.
What causes a bunion to develop?
The growth of this foot condition is often due to the accumulation of a few different factors. Some people are born with a hereditary defect in their foot structure that makes bunion formation more likely. When weight is unevenly distributed across the foot, the imbalance can lead to weakness in the joint, and that opens the way for bunion development. Anything else that weakens the foot can also factor into the formation of this foot problem. Trauma to the big toe joint as well as many forms of degenerative arthritic conditions can also stimulate this problem. While all of these problems make bunions more likely, it is improper footwear that is usually the root cause of the issue. Wearing high-heels, pointed shoes, or footwear that is too tight will crowd the toes and begin the development of a bunion.
What are the treatment options?
The first step in bunion treatment is acquiring proper footwear. Any course of action for this problem will be ineffective if the pressure that started the condition is still being applied during recovery. When shopping for shoes, look for those that have a deep and wide toe box. The toes need plenty of room to splay out and prevent the pains caused bunions. For pain relief, many patients use bunion pads, shoe inserts and tape to keep the big toe in a normal position. Medications like Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen are often used by patients to reduce the swelling and pain of bunions. In more severe cases, cortisone can be injected into the foot for pain and inflammation relief.
Once bunions have developed, surgery is the only way to get rid of them. These surgeries typically entail the removal of tissue from the big toe joint and the realignment of the bones in the foot. In order to achieve proper alignment, the surgeon may need to shave down or join some of the bones together. Many patients are able to walk immediately following the procedure, but in some cases recovery can take as long as eight weeks.
If bunion pain is plaguing you with every step, call our office at 620-241-3313 and start yourself on the road to recovery today. You can also request an appointment online with Dr. Timson.