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Bunions

Most people have heard the term bunion at some point in the past, but until you’ve experienced one, it’s hard to appreciate the pain and discomfort they can cause. This condition involves the formation of a bony bump on the joint found at the big toe’s base. As a result of the bones at the front of your foot moving out of place, this condition can cause serious pain, limit movement of the toe and foot, and make it difficult to find properly fitting shoes. There are a host of possible treatments for bunions, including surgery in severe cases.

Why Did I Develop Bunions?

The actual cause of bunions isn’t well understood, but there are factors that are known to increase the risk of patients developing them. These include some factors that cannot be avoided with care or shoe choice, including:

  • Congenital Conditions
  • Birth deformities
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

In addition to these conditions, you may also be at higher risk of developing bunions if you regularly wear high heels or ill-fitting shoes. These clothing choices cause your toes to become crowded or apply pressure in a way that can result in bunions forming.

What Can Be Done To Treat Bunions?

Bunions can often be treated with non-medical options that provide relief or take the pressure off of the bunion. Each of these options represent an accommodation to living life with bunions rather than a direct ‘cure’ for the condition. The mild nature of most cases of bunions makes more invasive treatment methods inappropriate for most patients. These accommodations include:

  • Different Shoe Choices – Choosing a type of shoe that doesn’t put pressure on the bunion by providing additional space for your toes.
  • Padding – Specially made pads can be applied to your bunion the reduce rubbing and pressure caused by your shoes, easing discomfort.
  • Shoe Inserts – Like padding, these inserts help redistribute the pressure being applied by your shoes, easing discomfort and possibly preventing the advancement of the condition. These can be obtained in both OTC and prescription versions. 
  • Ice – Long periods of time on your feet can make your bunion ache worse, becoming swollen and sore. Ice can be used to ease this discomfort in patients without circulation or sensation issues in their feet. Consult your physician before using this method.
  • Medication – Anti-inflammatory medication can often provide a measure of relief for patients suffering from bunions. In some cases, a cortisone injection will bring relief as well.

If these moderate methods of treatment don’t provide relief, the team at Appalachia Foot & Ankle Association may suggest a surgical option. Multiple surgical options exist for treating this condition. Which of these are appropriate for your case will be determined as part of an appointment and consultation with one of our podiatry experts. You can call 1-828-277-8402 to schedule your appointment at one of our North Carolina locations. We are anticipating seeing you at our Marion or Asheville offices and helping you find relief from the pain and discomfort of bunions.

Most people have heard the term bunion at some point in the past, but until you’ve experienced one, it’s hard to appreciate the pain and discomfort they can cause. This condition involves the formation of a bony bump on the joint found at the big toe’s base. As a result of the bones at the front of your foot moving out of place, this condition can cause serious pain, limit movement of the toe and foot, and make it difficult to find properly fitting shoes. There are a host of possible treatments for bunions, including surgery in severe cases.

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