Often mistaken for a strange foot shape, bunions are large bumps that develop on the side of the base of your big toe. At Tola Foot & Ankle Center in Hamilton, New Jersey, Pamela C. Tola, DPM, provides treatment for bunions that cause pain and make walking difficult. If your bunion feels uncomfortable or seems to be getting worse, call Tola Foot & Ankle Center or book an appointment online today.
Does the base of your big toe seem to jut out to the side or push your big toe over your second toe? If so, you might have a bunion. Bunions, or hallux vagus, are bony bumps that develop slowly on the joint that connects your big toe to your foot. They’re much more common in women than in men.
Sometimes, a bunion can become inflamed and painful, making it difficult to walk. If you don’t take the proper steps to manage it, a bunion can worsen to the point of permanent deformity that needs surgery.
Experts aren’t completely certain of what causes bunions, but they have a few likely ideas. They can appear after the long-term use of shoes that are too tight or high heels that force your toes down toward the front of the shoe. This is likely the reason why more women get the condition.
Another possibility is that your bunion is the result of arthritis or a structural deformity you’ve had from birth. If your bunions don’t come from wearing ill-fitting footwear, they likely come from something genetic.
Sometimes, bunions come with more symptoms than a visible toe bump. Your bunion may cause:
To find out just how serious your bunion is, Dr. Tola may need to order an X-ray. This helps her see the exact angle of the bones in your big toe and determine the best course of action for treatment.
Most bunions are easy to relieve without resorting to surgery. You can relieve the pain, swelling, and stiffness of a bunion with lifestyle changes and some medications, as directed by Dr. Tola. Your bunion treatment strategy might involve:
If these simple treatments don’t work, Dr. Tola may refer you for bunion-correcting surgery. The surgery involves the realignment of your nerves, tendons, and ligaments to straighten out your big toe.
For more information about bunions and bunion treatments, request an appointment by phone or online at Tola Foot & Ankle Center today.