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Do you know what causes bunions and what you can do to treat them? The bony bumps at the base of your big toes can make walking, exercising or even standing painful. Fortunately, your Colorado Springs and Monument, CO, podiatrists, Drs. Matthew Hinderland and Jordan Cameron of Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado offer a variety of bunion treatment options.
Some people are more likely to develop bunions than others
Your chances of developing a bunion may increase if:
- You have an inherited foot imbalance.
- You wear high heels or tight shoes. (You're much more likely to develop bunions if you have an inherited foot imbalance and wear these types of shoes.)
- You have arthritis in your feet.
- You have a foot deformity or injured your foot in the past.
- One of your legs is slightly longer than the other.
Bunions can cause other problems
As your bunion worsens, your big toe may begin to rub against your second and third toes, causing corns and calluses. The condition may also increase your risk of developing arthritis. If your bunions make walking uncomfortable, you may unconsciously change your gait or the way you walk. Gait changes can cause pain in your ankles, legs, hips, or backs. Bunion treatment can help you avoid these painful problems.
Bunions don't go away without treatment
You can do a few things to prevent them from worsening. Taping your foot during the day and wearing night splints while you sleep can improve the alignment of your joints and reduce pain.
Your foot doctor may also recommend wearing prescription shoe inserts called orthotics to cushion your foot and keep it properly aligned. Buying new shoes is important if you regularly wear tight shoes or high heels, as pressure from the shoes can worsen bunions.
When bunion pain doesn't improve with over-the-counter medications, a corticosteroid injection may offer relief.
If your bunions are very painful or interfere with your usual activities, your Colorado Springs or Monument podiatrist may recommend surgery. Bunion surgery involves realigning your joint and removing inflamed tissue and small areas of bone, in some cases.
Do you suffer from bunion pain? Call your Colorado Springs and Monument, CO, podiatrists, Drs. Matthew Hinderland and Jordan Cameron of Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado, at (719) 488-4664 to schedule an appointment.
How your podiatrists in Colorado Springs, Colorado can help relieve bunion pain
If you have a large, painful, bony bump on the side of your big toe, chances are that it’s a bunion. One of the causes of bunions is wearing shoes that are too narrow, which is why they are much more common in women rather than men. Wearing high-heeled shoes only adds to the formation of a bunion because your toes are shoved forward and crushed.
The lack of adequate room for your toes makes your big toe bend against the others, causing the middle toe joint to push outward and rub against the inside of your shoe. The friction causes a bunion. The good news is, there are effective treatments for bunions.
Dr. Matthew Hinderland and Dr. Jordan D. Cameron at Foot And Ankle Institute Of Colorado can treat your foot issues—including bunions! They have two convenient office locations in Colorado Springs and Monument, CO, to help treat your feet.
Causes and Symptoms
Narrow shoes are only one cause of bunions. They can also be caused by a genetic bone deformity, arthritis, a foot injury, or work-related foot stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs and symptoms of a bunion include:
- A hard, bony bump on the outside of your big toe
- Redness, swelling, and pain around your big toe joint
- Calluses or corns on overlapping toes
- Chronic or intermittent pain near the bunion
- Loss of flexibility or mobility in your big toe
For minor bunion pain, there are a few home treatments you can attempt. Try to:
- Tape your foot using athletic tape to support the bunion
- Wear shoe inserts or bunion pads to cushion the bunion
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
For moderate to severe bunion pain, your podiatrist may suggest surgery to remove the bunion and realign your toe joint. Other professional services for bunion pain relief include:
- Custom-fit orthotics and footwear
- Night splints
- Corn and callus removal
- Physical therapy and toe stretching exercises
Call our Podiatrist Office Today!
If you have a bunion, don’t suffer. Get some relief from bunion pain by talking with our expert podiatrists. Call Dr. Hinderland and Dr. Cameron at Foot And Ankle Institute Of Colorado, with offices in Colorado Springs, and Monument, Colorado. Phone (719) 488-4664 today and get rid of bunion pain!
Do you have a bump at the base of your big toe? You might have a bunion. Dr. Matthew Hinderland, your Colorado Springs, CO podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado shares some information on bunions and explains how they're treated.
Is it a bunion?
A bump at the base of your big toe is the most noticeable sign that you have a bunion. Without treatment, the bump will eventually become more prominent and painful. As the problem worsens, your big toe will begin to lean toward your other toes.
What are bunion symptoms?
In addition to a bump at the base of your toe, other bunion symptoms include pain, thickened skin, burning, redness and swelling over and around the bunion. If your toes overlap, you may develop corns on the overlapping areas. It may also be harder to move your toe. Wearing shoes can be particularly painful if you have a bunion.
Why did I get a bunion?
Tight and high heeled shoes can put too much pressure on the bones of your foot, leading to a misalignment of your joint. You may also be at risk of bunions if you have an inherited foot instability, arthritis or a foot deformity, or if one leg is longer than the other.
What can I do about my bunion?
Choosing shoes that are roomy enough to accommodate your bunion and applying protective pads to your toe can ease your pain, but these comfort measures won't make the bunion go away. Your foot doctor can offer several devices and treatments that can help improve your condition, including night splints to realign your toe and joint, custom shoe inserts to reposition your foot and decrease pressure on your joints. There are even exercises to improve the mobility of your toe. If your symptoms are severe, your Colorado Springs podiatrist may recommend surgery to realign your toe and remove swollen tissues.
A visit to the podiatrist can help relieve your bunion pain. Call Dr. Matthew Hinderland, your Colorado Springs, CO podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado at (719) 488-4664 to schedule your appointment.