How Do You Get Rid of Bunions?
Bunions, also referred to as hallux valgus, are painful bumps that develop on the joint of the big toe. Bunions increase in size and discomfort over time and can result in a deformity in the big toe. It can become difficult to walk if you leave bunions untreated.
What Causes Bunions?
Bunions are more common in people who wear tight shoes with high heels, because the shoe tightly squeezes the toes. However, anyone can develop a bunion. People who where shoes without support, people who are overweight, and people with inflammatory conditions like arthritis are all more susceptible to bunions.
How Do I Know If I Have a Bunion?
The first symptom of a bunion may simply be a bump on the joint of the big toe. Additional symptoms include:
- Pain at the joint of the big toe
- Redness and swelling
- Calluses or hardened skin
- Pain when walking
- Difficulty wearing your typical shoes
- Stiffness in the big toe
What Can I Do to Relieve Bunion Pain?
The first step in treating bunion pain is to wear wider shoes that don’t squeeze the toes together. Other non-surgical treatments to reduce pain include wearing a cushion to protect the bunion, icing the area to reduce swelling, and taking anti-inflammatory pain relief medication like ibuprofen. While these treatments can help reduce the pain from a bunion, none of these treatments will reduce the size of the bunion or reverse its progress.
How Do I Know If I Need Bunion Surgery?
Bunion surgery is a variety of procedures that can be performed to provide more permanent relief from a bunion. A bunionectomy is the most common procedure, in which the bunion is removed, and the toe joint is realigned. You can also opt to have osteotomy, in which the bunion is removed without the accompanying joint realignment. You may need bunion surgery if your bunion is affecting your quality of life or limiting your mobility.
If your current treatment plan is ineffective in providing you with bunion relief and you would like to learn more about bunion surgery, request an appointment with us today. Our friendly and accommodating staff provides prompt and punctual service and is dedicated to providing high-end, compassionate podiatric care. At Northeastern Foot & Ankle, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Khoury takes the time to carefully listen to and understand your medical and cosmetic concerns, recommending and providing the most appropriate treatment options paired with innovative and emerging technologies to help meet your podiatric needs. Call 973.473.6665 or scroll to the top of the page to request an appointment.