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Dealing with a Bump on Your Big Toe

The experts in the medical field do a great job educating people about being concerned when you find a lump or bump on your body. Is the same attention needed when a bump is found on your foot? The answer is yes. There are several reasons why you may find a bump developing on your foot, but one of the most common reasons is a condition called bunions.

This deformity on the side of the foot can become quite painful and interfere with work, exercise and normal daily life. It is treatable, though, and Dr. Philip Pinsker has extensive experiencing helping patients with bunions manage their condition and related symptoms. Whether you are just noticing the start of this problem or have been suffering with pain for too long, contact our office in Washington, PA for help. Call us today at (724) 225-7410.

Why is this happening to my foot?

A bunion is a bone deformity that affects the first joint at the base of the big toe.

The big toe joint becomes displaced and the toe pushes towards the smaller toes. This leaning inward movement is what leads to the joint bulging out the side of your foot.

Most commonly, inheriting poor foot mechanics is the reason for your bunions. A faulty foot structure causes certain areas of the foot to endure higher amounts of pressure. This imbalance means that weight is not distributed properly on the joints and tendons in your foot. This imbalance is what causes the big toe joint to become unstable and shift out of position.

An injury to your foot, arthritis, and wearing high-heeled shoes with pointed toes are other common factors that can lead to the development or worsening of a bunion.  

When bunions are painful

The big toe joint carries a lot of your body weight every time you walk. When the joint has moved out of place, your foot structure is compromised and cannot handle stress as a normal foot can. Bearing and shifting your weight puts pressure on the foot and makes the joint unstable. As bunions progress, they can become stiff and sore. The pressure on the bunion gets increasingly uncomfortable while wearing shoes, and you may find it difficult to walk or even wear shoes at all.

What can I do about it?

Preventing this condition from happening in the first place is the best way to avoid foot pain. Bunions develop over time and there are many conservative treatment options that are very effective when applied at the first sign of symptoms. Unfortunately, this is not the position that many of our patients find themselves in, but you can head off bunion problems by following some basic tips.

If you know that you are predisposed to having bunions or notice a small bump forming, make sure that you are wearing a supportive, roomy pair of shoes that will not add pressure on your feet or cause further pain. Avoid pointed-toed, high-heeled shoes if possible. They put all of your weight on the ball of your foot and unnaturally squish your toes together. If you have a bony protrusion, a moleskin pad right over the bump will protect it from rubbing against the inside of your shoes. Anti-inflammatory medications are sometimes prescribed to help with swelling, and custom orthotic inserts for your shoes are very effective in keeping your feet properly supported and stabilized.

What about surgery?

For severe cases, there is an option for surgery. There are many types of surgery that will bring your big toe back to proper alignment. The type of surgery will be dictated by the severity of your bunions and symptoms.

Take action now

For many people, bunions are unsightly and uncomfortable. They are considered a progressive condition, meaning they will most often get worse over time and can cause a significant amount of pain if left untreated. For this reason, it is important to address the problem at the first sign of symptoms. Contact Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M today - don’t wait until your life is interrupted by a bunion problem. Call our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment today.