Are your bunions causing pain and discomfort? At Complete Foot Care & Orthotic Centre, we craft a personalized treatment plan for your bunions. We try to determine the root cause of the bunions so we prevent it from getting worse. Get in touch with us to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
At Complete Foot Care & Orthotic Centre, we can provide you with reliable treatments for heel and arch pain provided by our expert orthopedics. We can also help you with habits and practices that are, in general, good for your feet. By putting our guidance into practice, you will be able to have healthier feet and will be able to stay mobile for a long time. We also treat conditions such as arthritis and plantar fasciitis.
A bunion is a condition or a bone deformity that forms when the joint located at the side and base of the big toe becomes enlarged. As a result, your big toe might shift towards the second toe. In many cases, the tissues around the area become swollen. A bunion causes an increasing amount of trouble with time. It will regularly rub against your footwear when you walk, causing friction, irritation and redness in the area. The joint over which the bunion develops flexes with every step you take, causing pain. Untreated bunions will lead to chronic pain.
Many people confuse bunions for other foot conditions. Some consider them to be temporary foot issues that will go away with time. However, this approach will only contribute to increasing discomfort and pain. Some of the symptoms of a bunion are:
A protruding bump that has developed on the side of the base of your big toe
Regular corns and calluses as a result of your big toe and second toe coming in contact all the time
Minimal movement in your big toe
Swelling, pain and redness around your big toe
In some cases, a bunion might not cause any symptoms. If you notice any of these signs or anything else amiss with your feet, we recommend scheduling an appointment with us. Ignoring the issue will most definitely worsen it.
Numerous studies indicate that they might form as a result of:
Deformities at birth
All of these can put pressure on the big toe joint. With time, the constant pressure forces the big toe out of alignment, bending it towards the other toes.
While bunions are most commonly found on the big toe, there are several other types of bunions such as:
Congenital hallux valgus: These are bunions that people are born with.
Juvenile or adolescent hallux valgus: Kids and teens between 10 and 15 develop the type of bunions.
Tailor’s bunion: This type of bunion is also known as a bunionette. It is formed on the outside base of the little (pinky) toe.
It is important to note that bunions are deformities of the bone, which is why they will not heal on their own. However, there is no one treatment for bunions, and different approaches work on different people. We focus on minimizing the irritation and discomfort that your bunion might have caused. We then devise a treatment plan to prevent further enlargement. Some of the different treatment strategies include:
Protective padding to eliminate friction
Elimination of corns and calluses
Updating your footwear to accommodate the growth
If you would like to learn more about our bunion treatment options, contact us today. We work to create a strategy according to your situation. For instance, the treatment for a still-growing adolescent with a bunion might be different from a senior.
Wearing proper footwear can prevent bunions, such as shoes with deep and wide toe boxes and good arch supports. Try to refrain from tight or heeled shoes that put pressure on the big toe joint.