Have walking, running, or wearing your shoes become uncomfortable or painful? You may have a bump at the end of your big toe, known as a bunion, that might be the cause. At Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic, podiatrists Dr. Darren Silvester and Dr. Boyd Bills offer comprehensive treatment for bunions. With San Antonio locations in Universal City and Pleasanton, Texas, you can get expert bunion relief at your convenience. Call today or book an appointment online.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a bone deformity at the outer edge of your big toe. If you have a bunion, your big toe bulges out at the joint and the tip of your big toe to bend in toward your smaller toes. As this happens, the joint begins to bulge. As it gets bigger, your bones slide out of alignment.
The bump can be painful to the touch, and your big toe places an uncomfortable amount of pressure on your smaller toes. If you do not treat your bunion, calluses, corns, and hammertoes may develop.
What causes bunions?
Bunions form when you regularly wear tight and narrow shoes. It often happens to women because of high heels and pointed toe boxes that are prominent in women’s shoes. Those squeeze the toes and put pressure on the outside of your big toe, gradually pushing it inwards and out of alignment.
When a bunion is formed, the more you wear those shoes, the more uncomfortable and worse it gets.
What can I do to relieve bunion pain?
If your podiatrist identifies that the pain in your foot is from a bunion, there are many steps you can take to relieve the pain and stop the bunion from getting worse. They include:
- Wearing wide, low-heeled shoes to ease pressure on your foot
- Wearing protective pads to reduce discomfort on your toes
- Taping your toe
- Icing your joint
- Wearing toe separators
What other treatments are there for bunions?
If the above conservative methods are not sufficient, your doctor at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic suggests wearing orthotics or custom-made insoles or physical therapy to reduce the strain on the ball of your foot.
If noninvasive therapies are not sufficient, he may recommend minimally invasive surgery to correct the deformity.
During your surgery, your doctor makes sure you’re comfortable with the aid of a local anesthetic. Then, he makes three or four small incisions to reduce the size of the bump, prevent recurrence, straighten your toe, and release the soft tissues structures around the bone for better support.
To ensure that your bunion doesn’t come back, your doctor advises you on preventive measures, like wearing comfortable shoes.
Call or schedule an appointment online for reliable bunion treatment that helps you walk and run painlessly again.
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