Bunions are a deformity of the joint of the big toe that results in a bony
growth on the side of the toe joint. Symptoms include toe pain, foot pain,
redness, and swelling, and walking is particularly painful. Bunions sometimes
require foot surgery to repair. Luckily, podiatrists,
foot doctors, and foot surgeons can offer safe and effective treatments for any podiatry
issue. Continue reading for some tips on how to prevent and treat bunions.
One of the primary causes of bunions is a mechanical instability in your
big toe’s joint. This can happen as a result of genetics, shoes
that don’t fit properly, arthritis, age, a past injury, or neuropathy
of the foot. Bunions can also be caused when people who are flat-footed
walk in such a way that their feet roll inwards. This is called over-pronation.
Women account for about 90% of bunion sufferers.
Wearing shoes that fit properly can often prevent bunions. If you are prone
to bunions, choose shoes with low heels and plenty of room in the toes,
and stand up while trying on shoes to ensure that they fit properly. If
you are flat-footed and suffer from frequent arch pain or have been diagnosed with
plantar fasciitis, you should wear arch supports or orthotic shoe inserts to prevent or
delay bunion development.
Bunion treatments can be surgical or non-surgical. Your podiatrist will
evaluate your condition and opt for the most conservative treatment method
first. Non-surgical treatment options include orthotic devices like arch
supports and shoe inserts. Your podiatrist may also recommend physical
therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, or steroid injections. If these
options are unsuccessful, bunion surgery may be necessary.
If you’re in need of
bunion treatment near Whitestone, come see us at Family Foot Center. Dr. Stanley J. Zawada has been providing
podiatry services to those in need for over 25 years. Visit our website
for information on the conditions we treat, or call us today at (917)
563-4199 to make an appointment.