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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 10, 2016
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Bunions   Arthritis   Flatfeet  

Among the more common reasons that patients come to The Foot & Ankle Center, PC is to find out how to deal with bunions. The large bump at the base of the big toe is the telltale sign of a bunion but the cause is actually a bone deformity caused when the big toe begins to drift toward the second toe, forcing the joint out of place. The enlargement of the joint causes a protrusion which becomes irritated due to the constant friction and rubbing against your shoes. Walking, which requires the joint to flex, leads to the bunion growing along with the pain and discomfort. As time goes on, arthritis or bursitis may also develop, increasing the chronic pain.

Why Bunions Form

It’s estimated that 33 % of the people in Western countries have bunions. The number one cause is wearing shoes that are too tight. Although the bunions themselves are not hereditary, they do run in families and genetics can be responsible for structural problems in the foot such as flat feet or pronated feet which make one more prone to bunions. Other causes are injuries to the foot and neuromuscular problems.

Getting Relief

Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, will work with you to determine the best treatment for your bunion. Since a bunion is a bone deformity, it cannot be corrected by non-surgical methods. However, the podiatrist has options to help reduce pain and halt or slow the progression of the growth of the bunion. These options include:

  • Orthotic devices to help correct the position of the foot and provide joint stability

    Padding to reduce friction and skin irritation

  • Special footwear to accommodate the bunion

  • Splints to wear at night to help realign toe and joint

  • Exercise to keep joint flexible and help prevent stiffness and arthritis

If none of these methods provide relief or the bunion deformity has progressed to a severe state, surgery may be the best option. To find out what the best option for treating your bunion is, contact our Pooler office at: 912-330-8885.

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