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What You Need to Know About Bunions

A bunion is a painful, bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Many people suffer from 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.

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.

If you are suffering from bunions or other foot ailments, call us today to make an appointment.