Who Is Prone to Developing Bunions?

A bunion is a deformity that can alter the shape of the foot. Bunions are visible due to the bony lump that develops on the side of the big toe. If the bunion grows large enough, it can cause the other toes to shift toward each other, and wider shoes may have to be purchased. A bunion can develop from genetic reasons or from wearing shoes that have little room in the toe area. High heels can fall into this category and that may be a reason why women incur this condition more than men. One of the first symptoms that many patients notice is inflammation surrounding the joint of the big toe. The bunion may gradually turn red and the texture can change. Untreated bunions can affect an individual’s balance and walking and running can be compromised. Temporary relief may come from putting a protective pad over the bunion as this may help to prevent calluses from forming. If you have a bunion, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can determine what the best treatment is for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Frank Henry, DPM of Marble Falls, TX. Our doctor 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 Marble Falls, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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