Bunions – Causes and Treatments

A bunion is a deformity of the big toe joint. Bunions can be identified as a red looking bony bump usually found at the outside base of the big toe, but at times, it also appears on the outside of the foot near the base of the smallest toe. With time, if no attention is paid to it, it can cause the toe joint to enlarge, which becomes a major problem for the foot, because there is friction between the bunion and the shoe. This pressure begins to push the big toe inwards, sometimes overlapping as far as the third toe. In major cases, the second and third toes also rotate or twist, making it painful to walk, embarrassing to wear sandals in the summer and spoiling the shape of the foot.

What causes bunions?

Many factors go into the creation of bunions. For instance:

  • Narrow tight shoes
  • Neuromuscular foot problems
  • Foot injuries
  • Congenital defects
  • Arthritis
  • Flat feet
  • Loose ligaments in the foot

The following symptoms indicate bunions:

  • Irritated skin near the base of the toe
  • Pain when walking
  • Redness and soreness in the area
  • Blisters
  • The beginnings of a bony bump
  • Difficulty in wearing shoes

How to treat a foot which is in pain due to a bunion?

A bunion causes a lot of discomfort to the foot and the bigger it gets, the more difficult conservative treatment is. The symptoms can be treated with ice, padding and shielding, medicines and rest, but to correct the deformity and eliminate the bunion, more drastic measures such as surgery, need to be taken.

Podiatrists are very experienced and knowledgeable about how to use certain procedures to deal with bunions. One such podiatrist is Dr. Michael L. Rosenberg of Montgomery Foot Care Specialists serving the area of Montgomery, Alabama. His passion for his work and the success he experiences with our patients is what keeps him challenged and happy and bunions at an arm’s length from the toes of our patients.

The specialties and specific services that are offered at Montgomery Foot Care are what set us apart from others. We offer the latest in laser treatments to diabetic shoe programs and custom-made orthotics to bunions. Contact our office at (334) 396 3668 to make an appointment and be bunion-free.