A bunion is a toe deformity characterized by the enlargement of the big toe’s joint that causes a bulging bony bump to protrude on the side of the toe. The big toe pushes with considerable force into the other toes and can cause them to over or underlap. The big toe will become more stiff and painful as the condition worsens, and painful corns often develop on the toes.
Some of the symptoms and other foot problems that are associated with bunions include the following:
- A bulging bump, redness, and swelling at the big toe joint.
- Corns and calluses can develop on and near the bunion.
- People who have bunions frequently develop a hammertoe or two.
- Ingrown toenails are more likely to occur when you have a bunion.
Treatment for bunions includes the following:
- Bunion braces can be worn while sleeping to pull the toe into a straighter position.
- Felt pads can be used to minimize rubbing.
- Properly fitted footwear with a wide-toe box will also help prevent friction.
- Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes, which can cause many toe problems.
- Physical therapy exercises to increase the strength and flexibility of the toes.
Conservative measures can be effective in the earlier stages of bunion development. Still, if the bunion is severely bent, a surgical procedure will be required to minimize or remove the bump and straighten the big toe.
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At Atlantic Foot and Ankle Specialists, we are committed to providing specialized, compassionate services for our patients. Melissa Robitaille, DPM, and Todd Newsom, DPM, offer treatments for various foot and ankle disorders with leading-edge technology. Contact our office in Chatham County at (912) 988-3323 to make an appointment today.