What to do When You Have a Bunion
September 12, 2019
A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Years of abnormal motion and pressure on the joint forces the big toe to bend toward the others, causing an often painful lump. The joint at the base of your big toe carries much of your weight while walking so bunions can cause severe and constant pain. In some cases, shoes may become too uncomfortable to wear. Aside from the physical pain that many experience from bunions, the appearance can make people uncomfortable or self-conscious.
If you develop a bunion, it’s important to
talk to an orthopedic foot specialist. See a doctor if you have:
- Persistent big toe or foot pain
- A visible bump on your big toe
- Decreased movement of your big toe
- Difficulty finding shoes that fit
properly because of a bunion
Bunions are sometimes genetic, but they can
also be a result of the way we walk or shoes we wear. That’s why it’s crucial
to get to the root of the problem to develop the best treatment plan.
There are a few different treatment options
when dealing with a bunion, depending on the severity. To relieve pain and
pressure on the toe joint:
- Maintain a normal weight
- Protect the bunion with a
- Use shoe inserts to help position
the foot correctly
- Use warm soaks, ice packs and
In more extreme cases, surgery may be
recommended. If you’ve been in pain for a year or longer and nothing seems to
help, surgery may provide the relief you’re looking for. The goal of surgery
would be to remove the bump return the big toe to its correct position.
If you’re concerned about a bunion or want to know how you can take care of it, contact a physician at Campbell Clinic. Our foot and ankle specialists can help get you back to normal activity and pain-free.