Bunions are a common podiatric problem that affects millions of Americans. Left unmanaged, a bunion can interfere with your mobility, making even simple tasks such as walking your dog nearly impossible. Eddie Davis, DPM, at South Texas Podiatrist in San Antonio, Texas, has decades of experience diagnosing and treating bunions. Don’t suffer in silence; make an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.
Bunions are a type of bone deformity that causes the joint at the base of your big toe to become enlarged and swollen. As your joint grows, it causes friction and pressure, pushing your big toe to up against your other toes. Ultimately, this causes pain and irritation, while increasing your risk of other foot problems such as hammertoes.
The symptoms of bunions vary from person to person, and depend on their size and severity. The most common symptom associated with bunions is a visible, bony bump on the outer edge of your big toe. Other telltale signs include:
Overtime, bunions can also cause arthritis or bursitis to occur. Both of these conditions increase irritation and in turn, your risk of chronic or persistent foot pain.
Researchers and podiatrists aren’t entirely sure what causes bunions. However, it’s thought that wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes plays a role. You’re also more likely to develop a bunion if your parents or grandparents had them. Bunions aren’t hereditary, but they do tend to run in families, usually as the result of a faulty foot structure. In addition, bunions tend to affect women more than men.
To diagnose bunions, Dr. Davis physically examines your foot and asks you a series of questions about your symptoms. Although bunions are usually visible, Dr. Davis might also recommend X-rays or another type of diagnostic imaging to get a closer look at the bones and joints in your feet.
Bunions are bone deformities that won’t resolve on their own. At South Texas Podiatrist, the goal of bunion treatment is twofold: to relieve pressure or pain caused by bunions; and to stop the bunions from getting any larger. Depending on the size and severity of your bunions, Dr. Davis might recommend:
Dr. Davis might also recommend a series of at-home exercises to boost joint mobility and lower your risk of arthritis.
If these measures of care don’t significantly relieve your symptoms, a surgical procedure known as a bunionectomy may be necessary.
To learn more about your treatment options for bunions, make an appointment at South Texas Podiatrist by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.