If you start experiencing signs that a painful bunion is developing on your foot, it’s best to schedule an examination from the highly skilled podiatrists at Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers, with two locations in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas. Your podiatrist can confirm the problem is a bunion and not another foot condition such as a bone spur or bursitis, and you can begin treatment before your symptoms worsen. Call the practice today or use the online booking tool.
A bunion is a bony protrusion that forms at the base of your big toe. As it gets larger, the bunion forms a lump at the side of your foot that often becomes sore or callused as a result of pressing against the inside of your shoes.
Bunions form on the joint in the ball of your foot that enables your big toe to bend as you walk. If this joint is under continual pressure, it starts to press on the metatarsal bone behind it, and a bony lump called a bunion begins to develop.
Bunions develop because of pressure on the joint at the base of your big toe pressing against the metatarsal bone. Pressure could be due to the internal structure of your foot, for instance, if your big toe points towards your other toes instead of forwards, or you have arthritis in your feet.
If there’s a family history of bunions, you’re more likely to develop them yourself, and people who regularly wear high heels are more prone to bunions because of the forces placed on the feet when the bones are in an unnatural position.
In the early stages of development, bunions are more of a nuisance than a source of pain, so you may not think it’s worth visiting your podiatrist. However, over time, the bunion grows larger and becomes inflamed, resulting in pain and increased discomfort when wearing shoes.
Seeking treatment early is advisable because you can begin a course of treatment to ease the pressure and keep the bunion from worsening.
Your podiatrist has a selection of treatments available to help reduce inflammation and pain from bunions, including:
If these approaches aren’t providing relief from your symptoms, your podiatrist may recommend surgery. They discuss the surgical options with you in detail, so you know what to expect from the operation and have a clear idea of the potential risks and benefits.
You don’t need to suffer from painful bunions any longer. Call Arlington/Mansfield Foot & Ankle Centers today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.