Bunions are common foot conditions that can cause changes in the overall structure of your feet and lead to chronic pain. If you have an untreated bunion, the team led by podiatrist Mathew Morris, DPM, FACFAS, can help. At Redlands Podiatry Group PC in Redlands, California, the expert podiatry team offers both conservative and surgical treatment to relieve bunion pain. Call the office or schedule an appointment today.
Bunions are bony bumps that form at the base of your big toe. It develops when bones in the front of your foot become misaligned. As your big toe pulls more toward your smaller toes, it causes the joint at the base of your big toe to protrude or stick out.
There are several causes that may contribute to the development of bunions. In many cases, it is often linked to genetics. If your family member has foot problems like abnormal bone structure, loose tendons, or flat feet, it can increase your own risk of bunions.
However, bunions may also be caused by other issues like wearing improper footwear, having injuries, or putting your toes through repetitive stress.
Other factors like work that requires you to stand or walk for long periods of time or obesity may contribute to bunions as well.
The most noticeable symptom of a bunion is the bony protrusion at the base of your big toe. But you may experience other symptoms such as:
Bunion pain can make it challenging to walk or continue with your normal activities. An untreated bunion may lead to other foot issues like hammertoes, overlapping toes, or ingrown toenails.
The team at Redlands Podiatry Group PC can expertly treat bunions, resolving pain and preventing other foot problems.
At Redlands Podiatry Group PC, the team offers non-invasive and surgical treatments for bunions.
If your condition is mild, they may recommend:
The team may recommend changing your footwear, such as wearing shoes with a bigger toe box. This can remove pressure from your big toe to help relieve the discomfort that bunions cause.
If you have excess weight that causes bunion pain, the team may recommend weight management to ease pressure on your toes.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines can reduce swelling and inflammation that causes pain in your toes.
Custom orthotics fit into your existing shoes to provide you with that extra cushioning, comfort, and support.
However, if your condition is severe, they might recommend undergoing bunion surgery. The only way to completely get rid of a bunion is through surgery.
To find out which bunion treatment is right for you, call Redlands Podiatry Group PC, or schedule an appointment today to learn more.