Bunions or Hallux Valgus are bony bumps that can cause a joint deformity at the base of the big toe. Over time, bunions can become quite painful because a person’s bodyweight is placed on the foot with every step or jump.
- Although the exact cause of foot bunions remains unknown, some studies suggest that it can be caused by poor foot structure.
- Foot bunions develop during early adulthood and eventually gets worse with age.
- This condition can be inherited.
- Wearing tight-fitting shoes especially for children with developing feet
- Sports injuries (sprains and fractures)
- Nerve injuries
- Complication of a disease (nerve injuries, polio and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease)
- Unequal leg length – a foot bunion might develop on the longer leg because more stress is placed on the foot.
- Activities that place above normal stress on the feet (dancing)
Consulting with a foot specialist or podiatrist when the first symptoms of a bunion gives you the best chance of stopping further bone degradation. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering from bunions.
Bunions may or may not show any obvious symptoms. However, the major sign of having a foot bunion is when the big toe points towards the other toes of the same foot and a bump develops on the outer side of the big toe.
- Pain when walking or wearing shoes which is immediately relieved by resting the foot
- Swelling, redness and tenderness around the area of the big toe
- Deformity, unusual shape of the big toe
- Chronic pain and excruciating pain when pressure or weight is applied on the foot
These symptoms may get worse if the foot bunion is not treated. This is why it is essential to identify the early signs of a bunion to help prevent the condition from worsening. Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating foot conditions such as bunions.
At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people with bunions take care of their feet. To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114.