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The Definition of a Bunion

Tuesday, 11 July 2023 00:00

A bunion is a progressive bone disorder and is considered to be a deformity. It is defined as a bony lump that develops on the side of the big toe and may change the structure of the foot. Severe bunions may cause the other toes to shift toward each other, and larger shoes may need to be purchased. A common reason why people get bunions can be from the shoes that are worn. If the shoe does not have adequate room for toes to move freely in, they may gradually become cramped, and a small bump may be noticeable. Bunions may also happen from genetic reasons, or possibly from having flat feet or low arches. Temporary relief may be found when a protective pad is placed over the bunion, in addition to wearing shoes that fit correctly. If you have developed a bunion, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide a more permanent solution, which may include surgery for removal.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Port Richmond Family Footcare. 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 Lumberton, NJ, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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