About Bunions

Treating This Common Painful Foot Condition

Since so many of us are on our feet a lot during the day, foot conditions can be a real pain. Walking around with constant foot pain will eventually affect a person’s quality of life. Chronic foot pain can cause a variety of other symptoms and problems that spread throughout the rest of the body. Fortunately, the specialists at miVIP can help.

Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from a common foot condition called bunions. This condition, specified as an abnormal bony lump on the base of the big toe, can be very painful and inconvenient. Sufferers can have trouble walking around even in comfortable flat-footed shoes, and find themselves unable to wear their favorite shoes anymore. When left untreated, bunions can worsen and cause additional health problems, such as back and hip pain.

How do People get Bunions?

Bunions can be caused by tight or poorly fitting shoes, arthritis, or having one leg that’s a different length than the other. High heels are terrible culprits for causing bunions and other foot issues, due to the way they compress the toes together. And for an unlucky few, bunions may just be hereditary, especially if they have poor foot structure and support. When left untreated, bunions can affect the appearance of the toes and can cause tough calluses to develop. The affected toe joint can become enlarged and crowd the other toes together, becoming especially painful when wearing shoes.

How Do You Know You Have a Bunion?

A bunion looks like a bony, angular lump at the base of the big toe, or even on the little toe. Hardened skin or calluses often cover the lump, sometimes with redness, swelling, and tenderness around the area. The surrounding area can also become shiny and warm.

Effective Bunion Treatment Options

Anti-inflammatory pain medications, heating pads, warm foot baths, and sometimes ice packs can temporarily relieve the pain associated with bunions. Switching to well-fitting shoes can catch early bunions, preventing the need for further treatment. Special shoe inserts and pads may also help.

However, with bunions that cause severe pain and disfigurement, surgery may be necessary. A bunionectomy removes the offending bump, and doctors often realign the toe bones and shave off extra bone. Before and after bunion surgery, a good podiatrist should address any problems that caused the bunion to form in the first place, to prevent reoccurrence.

With the proper treatment, you don’t have to suffer from bunion pain. Give the foot specialists at miVIP a call at 855-496-4847 to discuss your options or schedule an appointment.