Bunions can cause a lot of pain, not to mention they do not give feet the most aesthetically-pleasing appearance. At Orange CA Podiatry, here in Orange, CA, we treat patients who have bunions and developing bunions.
A bunion is an abnormal bone formation that is usually located on the side of the foot, by the big toe’s first joint. Occasionally, bunions can form on the other side of the foot, by the first joint of the little toe. These types of bunions are called tailor’s bunions. The bunion itself is a bump that deforms the joint. They are formed when the joint is frequently pushed into the wrong direction, like when your big toe is pushed inward. A bunion is characterized by the sore bump on the outside of the foot. When inflamed and irritated, the area may turn red. Swelling, stiffness of the joint, and a burning sensation are symptoms that may be experienced.
This is commonly caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes. High heels and shoes that do not have enough room for all the toes are often the culprits. However, along with inappropriate shoes, other factors in the formation of bunions genetics, arthritis, and injuries.
To slow down the formation of a bunion, changing your shoes is the first thing to do. Wear shoes that have no heel, or a small heel, good support, and enough room for the toes. Custom foot orthotics may be a good idea. Padding and splinting inside of your shoe can help move the joint back into its correct placement. An anti-inflammatory and icing will help with pain and inflammation. Your doctor may also suggest a cortisone shot. In severe cases, surgery may be needed.
If you suspect you are forming a bunion, be sure to schedule an appointment with us for treatment. To schedule at Orange CA Podiatry in Orange, CA, call our office at (714) 628-1995. More information can be found on our website, www.orangecapodiatry.com.