Like us on facebook
Follow us on twitter
review us on google
Tuesday, 05 March 2024 00:00

Understanding What Bunions Are

A bunion, medically known as hallux valgus, is a common foot deformity that affects the joint at the base of the big toe. It appears as a bony bump on the side of the foot, causing the big toe to bend inward toward the lesser toes. Bunions develop gradually over time due to various factors, including genetics, foot structure, and footwear choices. Wearing tight, narrow shoes and high heels can accelerate the condition by putting pressure on the toes and forcing them out of alignment. As the bunion progresses, individuals may experience pain, swelling, redness, and restricted movement in the affected toe. Bunions can interfere with daily activities and affect overall foot function. It is suggested that you seek professional advice from a podiatrist for an exam. This medically trained foot doctor can offer treatment options that can help to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Richard DiBacco, DPM of Podiatry Associates of Erie, Inc.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Erie and Meadville, PA, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about What Are Bunions?

Connect With Us

scroll to top