Bunions are caused by shifting of bones within the foot leading to a bony prominence just beneath the big toe on the joint. They may also be caused by the constant rubbing of tight shoes or may be hereditary. Foot stress or medical conditions like gout or rheumatoid arthritis can spur bunion growth.
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have a bunion:
Switching to supportive footwear and avoiding flimsy ballet shoes or thin flats can help minimize bunion symptoms. Always make sure your toes have enough room to move and flex as you walk, and use protective padding to cushion sore areas. Ice can be used to reduce swelling and inflammation. Custom orthotics are another excellent option. At Podiatry Inc., we use the FOOTMAXX Metascan to measure our patient’s gait and get a look at any abnormalities. We then utilize the data collected to craft a custom orthotic uniquely suited to each patient’s needs.
If those measures don’t provide enough relief, your doctor may recommend bunion surgery. If you choose this route, your physician will surgically realign the underlying bone, soft tissue and nerves to ease discomfort and correct the abnormality.
Great feet are not a privilege; they’re a right. Our four convenient locations across Northeast Ohio allow us ample opportunity to assist patients with a wide range of foot, lower leg and ankle issues. Whether you’re suffering from bunions, have concerns about diabetes-related foot conditions, need help with wound management or require ongoing pediatric or geriatric foot care, our team at Podiatry Inc. can help. Call us today at 216-245-1290 or 330-630-9030, or use our contact form to schedule your first appointment with our experts.