Bunions are bony bumps that develop at the bottom of the big toe. They do so at that location since there is much friction being applied at the toe as it brushes up against the toe next to it. This makes the skin surrounding the bunion sore and reddish. Other symptoms associated with this condition are soreness, numbness, burning sensations, inflammation on the joint of the toe with the protruding bunion and a hardened skin at the base of the toe. Factors that tend to increase the chances of having this condition include wearing shoes with slender toe boxes that can push big toes inward as the increased friction can give rise to complications. Raised heels can also produce bunions since the big toe stays fixed and budding toward the adjacent toe, causing the lower bones to push out. Bunions can also be hereditary or the result of a medical disorder such as arthritis.
Treatment for this condition involves:
· Non-surgical options such as utilizing suitably fitting shoes with padding on the soles with huge toe boxes.
· Use of arch supports in shoes.
· Toe spacers to decrease pressure on the toe.
· Padding and support can be placed in your shoes to further ensure that bunions don’t return.
This condition can become serious; however, simple methods such as using wide shoes may provide extra room for toes which can prevent toes from rubbing against each other. Bunions do not have to become a source of contention. If bunions are not treated in a timely fashion, mobility can be restricted from the pain they cause. For these reasons, please contact us so that we can help free your feet of bunions now and in the future! Here at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, located in Northwest Houston (281) 444-4114, Northeast Houston (281) 446-7773, Tomball (281) 351-8866, Liberty Dayton (936) 336-2633, The Woodlands (936) 231-8500 and Atascocita (281) 883-4849, TX, our team can provide you with excellent treatment options. Please make an appointment today by calling our offices at any of the numbers provided above.