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Conservative Treatments for Bunions

Bunions are bony bumps that form on the joint at the base of the big toe, resulting from the misalignment of the foot's bones. This misalignment causes the big toe to lean toward the second toe, rather than pointing straight ahead, which creates a visible protrusion on the side of the foot. Bunions can cause pain, soreness, and swelling, especially when wearing tight-fitting shoes that press against the bump. There are conservative treatments for less severe cases, such as wearing wider and more comfortable shoes that provide ample space for the toes, and using padded shoe inserts to distribute pressure evenly across the foot. Special exercises that strengthen the foot and improve flexibility can also help manage bunion symptoms. These non-invasive treatments aim to relieve discomfort and prevent the progression of the bunion without the need for surgical intervention. However, more severe cases of bunions may warrant surgery. If you have a bunion, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss treatment and measures you can take to prevent the condition from worsening. 

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Surgical Group. Our doctors 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 Henderson, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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