Get Relief From Painful Bunions in Corsicana, TX
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A bunion is a bony bump at the base of the big toe. Bunions develop with time and eventually start to stick out due to as they become larger. With a bunion, the tip of the big toe usually gets pulled in the directions of small toes and the base of the big toe sticks out. The skin over the affected area becomes red and swollen.
Some people are more likely to develop bunions, and the condition can be worsened by wearing the wrong types of shoes. Luckily, this condition is very common and somewhat easy to treat, so if you’re seeking exceptional care – and relief – from bunions in Corsicana, TX, Family Foot & Ankle Centers can help you get better!
The main symptoms of bunions are stiffness in the joint, pain, swelling and occasionally redness at the joint.
If you think you have a bunion, look for any bony bump that may be present at the base of your big toe. At times, a bunion is covered by a callus or hard skin, but the big toe will always be pulled in the direction of smaller toes. A bunion usually develops over time (over the years). In the beginning, you may notice slightly irritation more than pain. With time, it may begin to hurt and cause you further complications if left untreated.
The common signs and symptoms include:
- A bump outside the base of your big toe
- Soreness, swelling, and redness around the big toe and its joints
- Callus or corn may appear where your first and second toe touch each other
- Pain that comes and goes
- Inability to move the big toe
People of all ethnicities, gender, age and fitness level can experience bunions. But it is most likely to affect older women. Bunions are acquired abnormalities and deformities, but it can also be due to genetic reasons.
Individuals who suffer from bunions are classified into two main categories:
- People who get bunions due to other health-related problems such as gout, neuromuscular diseases, and rheumatoid arthritis.
- People who get bunions due to abnormal and improper foot functioning, like flat feet or collapsed foot arches, this group of people usually do not experience much pain and are otherwise very healthy and active. Wearing ill-fitted shoes (shoes with a pointed toe box) does not develop bunions so quickly, but they are still at a very high risk of developing such a problem at some point in their life.
Treating Your Bunions
Our goal is to get your feet back to doing the activities you love as quickly as possible. Treatment option depends upon the severity of your condition and pain. Some of our foot doctor’s recommended treatments for bunions include:
- Non-surgical Treatment Options
These treatment options can relieve pain and pressure from your bunion and include:
- Wear comfortable and spacious shoes that have ample space for your toes.
- Use non-medicated and OTC bunion pads as a buffer between your shoes and your bunion to ease pressure and inflammation.
- Take OTC medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), or Naproxen (Alleve) to manage pain and swelling.
- Apply ice to the affected region to get rid of swelling and tenderness.
- You can also use padded shoe inserts for an even distribution of the pressure on your feet.
- Custom orthotics- A custom orthotic insert is helps to minimize the pressure from the joint.
- Surgical Treatment Options
If conservative options do not give you relief, then surgery may be a good option. Different types of surgical procedures can be done and will depend on your bunion severity. The goal of bunion surgery is to restore normal bone alignment and remove the “bump” on the big toe. This will improve your pressure distribution to your foot, relieve pain and discomfort, and improve walking.
Bunion surgery is done as an outpatient procedure and you will go home the same day. You may be able to walk on the foot immediately following bunion surgery but this depends on the severity of the bunion. The good news is that with newer advancements in technology, bunion treatment has never been better.
Of course, it’s always best to develop a custom treatment plan for your bunions based on your unique situation and needs from one of our foot specialists. It’s important that our podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Centers take the time to get to know your feet and your unique condition so that we can come up with the best possible treatment plan together.
Experience Our Award-Winning Treatment for Bunions in Corsicana, TX, Today!
Schedule an appointment today by calling us at 903-872-9910 or by clicking here to use our convenient online form. We also offer some same-day appointments and have bilingual Spanish-speaking professionals on staff. During your appointment, our team will be happy to answer all your questions about our treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us! Call today – our foot specialists are improving lives, one foot at a time.