A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe or on the joint of your little toes. A bulging bump is often the most noticeable symptom of a bunion, though persistent or intermittent pain and restricted movement of your big toe can also mean that you have a bunion on your foot. Luckily, your podiatrist can easily treat bunions so you can walk comfortably. Here is a look at what could be causing your bunions and how your podiatrist can help treat them.
The most common cause of bunions is a pressure imbalance on your big toe. In other words, bunions develop when the pressures of bearing and shifting your weight fall unevenly on the joints and tendons in your feet. This imbalance makes your big toe join unstable, and eventually causes the joint to mold into a hard knob that bulges and juts out beyond the normal shape of your foot.
Deformities or Inherited Foot Type
Congenital foot or joint problems can also cause bunions later on in your life. Some inherited foot types, such as flat feet and extended arches, may also cause the pressure imbalances that cause bunions to develop. If you have congenital feet problems, visit your podiatrist to learn about shoe inserts that can help prevent bunions and other discomfort.
If you have bunions, Dr. Stanley J. Zawada and the Family Foot Center staff can help. Dr. Zawada and the Family Foot Center has provided quality care to those suffering from foot pain and problems for over 25 years. Call (718) 767-5555 to learn how your foot doctor at the Family Foot Center in Whitestone, NY can help with all of your foot problems.