A BUMP ON YOUR FOOT – WHAT IS IT?
By Dr. Steven Waldman of Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists of Milwaukee, WI
Why do I have this bump on my foot?
As we discussed in our previous blog about bunions, there is a lot more going on with your bunion than just a bump. Technically, a bunion is the result of an increase in the angle between your first metatarsal and your second. But, for many of us, the next question is… what does that mean?
To help gain a better grasp of what is really going on in your foot lets talk briefly about anatomy. Each foot has five toes. If you move towards the base of each toe on the bottom of your foot you will reach an area that is commonly referred to as “the ball of your foot”. (Red in the picture below)
The bones that end at this point are your metatarsals and the part of the metatarsal at this region is called the head. These bones are long and run from the red point in the picture above towards the ankle. They are marked and pink in the picture below.
The issue with a bunion arises when the first metatarsal (the one aligned with the big toe) spreads away from the second metatarsal (the one aligned with the second toe). The angle between these two should really be no greater than 10 degrees. However, in people with bunions that angle can be greatly increased. This increased angle makes the head of the metatarsal push outwards against the skin, creating a bump. These concepts begin to show that treating a bunion can require a variety of different surgeries to correct the underlying problem and ensure that your bunion never returns!
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We look forward to helping you!