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Who Is Prone to Developing a Bunion?

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

A bunion is recognized as a hard bump that forms on the outside of the big toe. It develops as a bony protrusion, and it is considered to be a deformity. Genetics may contribute to getting a bunion, in addition to wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely. This may be a reason why bunions are more common among women, and relief may be found when appropriate-size shoes are worn. A bunion can put pressure on the other toes and may cause them to shift towards each other. Additionally, a corn or callus may form on top of the bunion, which may happen from the toes touching the top of the shoe. Other symptoms may consist of joint pain, and the toes may have a limited range of motion. A bunion may stop growing when larger shoes are worn, and temporary relief may be found when protective pads are worn over it. If you have developed a bunion, it is strongly urged that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer correct treatment options, which may include surgery for permanent removal. 

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. Kendall Blackwell of InStride Wilson Podiatry Associates. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Wilson, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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