Bump on Foot…Could it be a Bunion?

by | Mar 15, 2021

A bunion, also known as Hallux Valgus, is a bump on the side of the big toe; however, that bump reflects changes in the bony framework of the front part of the foot. Bunions are a progressive disorder. First, they begin with a leaning of the big toe, changing the angle of the bones over the years and slowly producing a bump, you may experience symptoms at later stages.

What causes a bunion?

Bunions are mostly caused by an inherited structure of the foot. The bunion itself is not inherited but certain foot types are, that make that person prone to developing the bunion.

What are the symptoms associated with bunions?

At the site of the bunion some patients may experience pain or soreness, inflammation and redness, a burning sensation, and possible numbness. Some symptoms may occur most often depending on the shoes that the patient is wearing, such as shoes with a tight toe box or high heels.

Diagnosis

Bunions are often apparent; however, to fully evaluate the condition, our podiatrists will need to take x-rays to determine the degree of the deformity and assess the changes. Keep in mind that most bunions are progressive and will not go away or will get worse over time. Our podiatrists will evaluate your bunion and develop the best treatment plan that suits your needs.

Is surgery necessary?

Some non-surgical treatments may be recommended at first to relieve the pain and/or discomfort such as padding, medications, icing, orthotics, injections, and changes in shoe wear. If such treatments fail to help the patients, then it is possible to consider surgical options. The main goal of the surgery is to reduce the pain and deformity. Our podiatrists will describe the best procedure for the extent of your deformity and other factors.

bunion surgery before and after

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