What is a Bunion?

A bunion is a painful, bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Dr. Rodney Gadson sees lots of patients 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. The bunion forms when the big toe pushes against the second toe. Tight high heeled shoes are the main cause of bunions.

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

Treatments for Bunions

Treatments 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 or apply a cold pack to the area, which will reduce inflammation and bring relief. Bunion splints, foam pads, and spacers can provide pain relief. Our doctors may decide to administer cortisone injections into the joint at the base of the big toe. For certain cases, the physicians at American Foot & Leg Specialists can make orthotics to relieve pain by repositioning the foot and toes and adding support in necessary areas. 

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. This procedure is most often successful, though there is a risk of the big toe returning to its previous deviated position.

Because we strive to provide the best quality care for each and every patient, the doctors at American Foot & 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 us today to make an appointment.

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