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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
August 13, 2015
Tags: Bunions  

Whether you’ve been dealing with bunions for a long time or are just noticing a small lump forming on the side of your foot and thinking that’s what it may be, rest assured there is relief available. Dr. Philip S. Pinsker has many years of experience helping patients in Southwestern PA treat and manage bunions.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is a bone deformity involving the first joint at the base of your big toe. As the joint becomes displaced, the toe pushes inward towards the smaller toes. The pressing inward causes the joint to bulge out the side of your foot, creating the telltale bump that is the bunion. The most common source of bunions is an inherited defect in the foot’s structure that results in an imbalance in the way weight is distributed on the joints and tendons in your foot. Too much pressure on certain areas of the foot cause the big toe joint to become unstable and shift out of place. Other causes of bunions (or sources of aggravation to them) can include an injury to the foot, arthritis, and wearing high-heeled shoes with pointed toes.

What Can be Done About Bunions?

At best, bunions are unsightly and will continue to become more uncomfortable. At worst, however, bunions can be very painful and interfere with your daily life, making walking, exercising, and working difficult and unpleasant. Strategies for relief include:

  • Pay attention to your feet. Bunions don’t suddenly appear, full-blown. They develop slowly over time. If you notice a small bump forming on the side of your foot, don’t wait. Make an appointment right away. There are several treatment options that are very effective when used on bunions in their earliest stages.
  • Wear supportive, roomy shoes that will not put pressure on your toes. Avoid pointy shoes and high heels—both of which put additional pressure on your toes, especially on the side of your toe where bunions form.
  • Place a moleskin pad of the bunion to keep it from rubbing inside your shoes.
  • Try custom orthotics to help keep your foot stable and in the correct position.
  • Take anti-inflammatory medications if your doctor prescribes them to reduce swelling and pain.

Dr. Pinsker will help you decide on the best treatment for your bunions. For a consultation, call our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 or request an appointment online.

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