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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 05, 2017
Tags: arthritis   Orthotics   Bunions   calluses   corns  

Although bunions are a common condition that patients bring to us at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, they are one for which many misconceptions exist. Below are some questions about bunions that we hear most frequently:

Q: It looks like a big, ugly bump popping out of my big toe but what exactly is a bunion?

A: A bunion is actually a bone deformity that occurs when the first joint at the base of the big toe moves out of place and starts moving towards the second toe. This inward leaning causes the joint to jut out and form the bump that is visible on your foot.

Q: What causes bunions?

A: Poor foot mechanics, which are usually hereditary, are the cause of bunions. An imbalance in the way weight is distributed over your foot causes the joint to become unstable and move. However, even though foot structure may be the root cause there are several factors that can cause the bunion to actually develop and worsen. These include:

  • Injury
  • Wearing shoes with high heels and pointy toes
  • Arthritis

Q: If I have a bunion is there a chance it will disappear on its own?

A: No! Bunions are a progressive condition that will only get worse. The more the toe moves out of place the greater the pressure that will be exerted on it by your shoes. This will make walking increasingly painful and you’re likely to develop corns and calluses on the toe as well.

Q: I don’t want to have surgery—are there any other treatments available?

A: Actually, there’s quite a bit you can do for a bunion to help slow its progression and reduce pain to your foot. First, choose shoes that have roomy toe boxes and are made of soft, flexible materials. Avoid high heels and pointy toe boxes that squeeze the toes uncomfortably together. In some cases an orthotic device for your shoe will help correct foot position and relieve the pressure on the joint.

The key to success of these non-surgical options is catching a bunion it its early stages. If you notice a small bump forming, don’t delay. Make an appointment at our Washington office to see our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. The foot doctor will evaluate your bunion and prescribe the best treatment to ensure maximum comfort and health for your foot.

 

 

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