Causes of Bunions & Treatment Options

Bunion pain can be unbearable, especially for people who work on their feet. Learn about bunions, their causes, and treatment options.

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What are bunions?

Bunions (also known as Hallux Valgus) are a problem that many people experience with their feet. Basically, bunions are lumps of bone located on the side of the big toe. If you have a bunion, you may experience discomfort and pain when you walk. You may even experience the same exact symptoms when you’re relaxing too.

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What causes bunions?

Ill-fitting footwear is frequently responsible for bunion growth, most commonly for women. Women often have the habit of wearing high heels and other types of shoes that can trigger foot discomfort. These deformities develop from irregularities in the foot structure. Foot bunion problems may be genetic. People with family members who have had these deformities are significantly more vulnerable to them. If you’re related to people who have had this problem, there’s a chance you may develop bunions (Hallux Valgus) at some point in your life as well.  Because bunions may have a hereditary connection, it’s not always possible for people to avoid them. People can minimize the discomfort they cause, however, by focusing on their daily footwear choices. Shoes that don’t fit properly can lead to friction and stress — and that can worsen bunion pain dramatically. High heels and tight fitting shoes can create bunion discomfort that’s both persistent and lasting. A variety of other potential factors can lead to these painful deformities, including rheumatoid arthritis, polio, flat feet, Achilles tendon rigidity, and other congenital anatomical irregularities. Foot bunion issues typically get more severe and complex as time goes by. If you have a relatively minor case, you may be able to fix it by simply choosing footwear that’s suitable and comfortable for your feet.

What treatment options are available for bunions?

Bunions can make walking unbearable on a daily basis, and the pain can negatively impact a person’s lifestyle. Thankfully, there are several effective treatments available for sufferers. If bunions are making your life difficult and uncomfortable, Dr. Steven Burns can help you explore the best bunion treatment options.

Surgery may not be the appropriate solution for you. Arizona Foot Doctors offers a variety of conservative treatments for people who have foot deformities. Wearing a different pair of shoes may be enough to resolve your issue, and shopping for footwear in a smart and deliberate way is also important. Steer clear of shoes that are excessively tight. And since your feet won’t remain consistent throughout your life, it’s also important to have them measured routinely. Custom foot orthotics may be able to provide relief for you as well.

If your situation is on the severe side, surgery may be required. A simple bunionectomy may alleviate your problem significantly. This surgery involves the extraction of the bump.

Another treatment option that you may want to consider is the combination of a bunionectomy and osteotomy. This surgical plan doesn’t only involve the extraction of the problematic bump. It also includes realignment of the toe joint. Many people who suffer from bunion discomfort opt for this treatment course.

For instant pain relief, people often turn to the use of oral anti-inflammatory medicines and splints. These quick treatments may help ease symptoms that are linked to comparatively minor bunion woes. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Burns to learn more about treatment options that may be right for you.

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Experiencing unbearable pain and discomfort? Ready to explore treatment options for your foot bunion? A consultation with podiatrist Dr. Burns will help you learn more about what the best treatment option may be for you. Make an appointment with Arizona’s best podiatrist today. We’ll treat your bunion quickly and efficiently.

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