What Is a Bunion?
This refers to a bony bump that forms abnormally where the big toe meets the foot. It results when the big toe leans too far towards the other toes; this forces the joint out of place by pushing the adjacent bone outwards. This may cause pain, swelling, tenderness or restricted movement of the big toe. A callus or thickened skin may also cover the bump.
If any of these symptoms are present, then it may be time to consult an experienced podiatrist such as Dr. Wrotslavsky:
* Persistent pain in the foot or big toe
* A visible, hard bump at the base of the big toe
* Difficulty moving the big toe or foot
* Problems finding shoes that fit properly
What Causes Bunions?
In some cases, they run in the family. They may also develop with arthritis or after years of wearing tight shoes that push the foot bones into unnatural positions.
How Are Bunions Treated?
Dr. Wrotslavsky will tailor the bunion treatment plan for each patient’s condition. Nonsurgical options include changing shoes, taping and padding the foot to reduce stress and pain, ice, rest, medications, or padded shoe inserts. In more severe cases, surgery for bunion removal may be required to realign the bones, straighten the big toe and remove affected tissues. Some patients are able to walk the same day as the bunion procedure, although full recovery could take up to eight weeks. Preventing recurrence often requires permanently changing the type of shoe preferred.
Dr. Wrotslavsky has a high success rate of helping patients find relief from bunion symptoms and pain. For a personalized consultation, call 888-451-3770 today!