Feet are an incredibly important part of your body, and you need to care for them—otherwise, debilitating conditions such as bunions can develop! Read on to learn more about bunions, and if you require treatment for this issue, contact your Berwyn and Wheeling, IL, podiatrist, Dr. Paul Potach!
What are bunions?
Bunions are often painful bumps that appear on the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint of your foot. This bone deformity occurs when the toe dislocates from the joint.
What cause bunions?
Thirty-three percent of the population in Western countries have been diagnosed with bunions, a problem that is caused by a number of factors, including:
- Wearing tight shoes
- Inheriting a faulty foot structure
- Experiencing foot injuries
- Having neuromuscular problems
- Having flat feet
- Having pronated feet that can contribute to their formation
What are the symptoms of bunions?
Symptoms vary from one person to another, but they do largely consist of the following:
- The obvious bump on your toes
- Discomfort and pain
- Constant irritation and friction against shoes
- Red and tender skin over the toe
- Joint flexes with every step
Another issue that may arise is bursitis or arthritis resulting in thicker skin and chronic pain.
What are some treatment options for bunions?
Bunion treatments include:
- Protective padding in shoes to prevent friction
- Wearing properly fitted shoes
- Use of orthotic devices to support you while walking and standing
- Exercises that prevent stiffness or arthritis
- Splints to help bone development
- Surgical treatment
What more you should know about surgery?
This surgery is called bunionectomy. During the procedure, your podiatrist removes the bunion and realigns the toe. Prior to surgery, however, make sure that you consult your doctor about conservative treatment options first.
Who should you contact?
If you need more information about bunions, make sure that you contact one of Dr. Paul Potach's offices in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL, for a consultation. Dial (708) 484-3338 for Wheeling, and (847) 215-1525 for Berwyn.