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How Are Bunions Treated?

Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

Patients who notice a bony lump that gradually develops on the side of the big toe may be aware it can be a bunion. It can form from genetic traits, or as a result of wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. The symptoms that are often associated with this condition can consist of a numbing or burning sensation on or around the affected area, and it may feel tender and appear red. Larger shoes may have to be purchased that can accommodate the size of the bunion. Some patients find it beneficial to wear cushions on the bunions or custom-made orthotics, and this may provide moderate relief. If the bunion is causing severe pain and discomfort, please consult with a podiatrist who can discuss proper treatment options, which may involve surgery for permanent removal.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. Robert Graser of Graser Podiatry and Bunion Surgery Institute. 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 Boerne, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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