What is a Bunion?

Bunions are ugly and also painful. Dr. Rodney Gadson see lots of people with bunions, especially women. In this video, Dr. Gadson explains why people get bunions and what you can do to rid yourself of this condition.

Many people suffer with Bunions their entire life. They avoid wearing sandals or going barefoot for fear that someone will spot that big, ugly bump on the inside of their foot, underneath their big toe. The bunion forms when the big toe pushes against the next toe. Tight, high heeled shoes are the main cause, but can be from foot stress, and arthritis.

Genetic factors also appear to play a role in the formation of bunions. Individuals can be born with extra bones in their feet which place them at a higher risk for developing bunions. Additionally, injury from chronic stress on the feet can also result in bunions, a common example being ballet dancers.

Treatments for Bunions

BunionsTreatments for bunions and bunion pain should begin with taking good care of your feet. You should wear shoes that allow plenty of space for your toes. Beyond this primary treatment, you can take anti-inflammatory medications. You can apply a cold pack to the area that reduces inflammation and brings relief to the area. Bunion splints, foam pads, and spacers can provide relief to the bunion pain. For certain cases, we can make orthotics to relieve pain by repositioning the foot and toes and adding support in necessary areas. Our doctors may also use cortisone injections into the joint at the base of the big toe.

When conservative means of addressing the problem prove to be ineffective, surgery to remove the bunion is often necessary. Medically referred to as a bunionectomy, this surgical procedure is considered an outpatient procedure and typically entails removing the bony growth of the bunion and realigning the big toe so that you can return normal activity without pain. This procedure is most often successful though there is a risk of the big toe returning to its previous deviated position.

Because our physicians strive to provide the best quality care for each and every patient, our doctors at American Foot and Leg Specialists take the time to evaluate every bunion case and prescribe the best treatment according to the individual’s symptoms. If you are suffering from bunions or other foot ailments, call American Foot and Leg and make an appointment today.