Though it often goes unnoticed and does not always cause discomfort at first, an untreated bunion can become a painful, even disfiguring condition over time. Luckily, this problem is treatable and, in some cases, preventable. Find out more about the signs and symptoms of a bunion and its treatment options with Dr. Gary Rogers at Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic in Wilmette, IL.
Do I have a bunion?
A bunion is a bony growth which occurs at the base of the big toe. A bunion usually begins painlessly with a hard lump on the inside of the foot. The tips of the toes may begin to point toward the outside of the foot. As the bunion grows larger, the toes grow further and further to the outside of the foot, eventually overlapping. The overlapping then causes corns and calluses where the toes touch and rub together. You may experience irritation or redness where the bunion rubs on the shoes or pain and discomfort when standing for extended periods of time due to the bunion’s location at the ball of the foot.
Can I prevent bunions?
Bunions are usually related to the type of foot you inherit and wearing too-narrow, high-heeled, or too-tight shoes. To prevent bunion growth, you should wear comfortable shoes which have enough room in the toe box for the toes to lie flat. Regular foot examinations with your podiatrist can help you to keep your bunion under control and understand the best ways to prevent its growth and, if necessary, treat your condition.
Bunion Treatments in Wilmette, IL
Some bunion treatments involve simply wearing more comfortable or practical shoes and trying to stay off your feet for extended periods of time. However, if a bunion begins causing consistent issues, you may require a surgery to remove the bunion and, in some cases, realign the toes to lie flat. This surgery, called a bunionectomy, is performed by your podiatrist. If you think you could benefit from a bunionectomy, you should consult with your doctor.
For more information on bunions, please contact Dr. Rogers at Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic in Wilmette, IL. Call (847) 256-4434 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Rogers today!