If you’ve recently developed a bony bump on the joint of your big toe, you might be experiencing a bunion. Many people who develop bunions think they can put off treatment and that the bunion will go away on its own. However, this isn’t the case. Without treatment, bunions will become more painful and continue to worsen, leading to further complications. Our foot doctor in New Berlin, WI, explains why you need to treat bunions.
What Are Bunions?
Bunions are painful, bony bumps that form on the joints of your feet. They usually occur on the joint next to the big toe or the pinky toe. They are caused by the big toe pressing against the adjacent toe, forcing the joint to enlarge in response to the friction. Bunions do not go away on their own — they require treatment from a podiatrist.
Causes & Symptoms of Bunions
The most significant cause of bunions is wearing shoes that are too narrow and rub up against the outside of your feet. They can also cause toes to overlap, putting pressure on the joints. Genetics is also a factor in bunion development. If you have a structural foot defect or arthritis in your feet, you may be predisposed to bunions. Symptoms of bunions include:
- Stiffness or difficulty moving your toes
- Callus or corn between your big toe and the adjacent toe
- Restricted movement of the big toe
- Swelling around your big toe
If you notice any of these symptoms, contact our expert podiatrist for an evaluation.
You should try conservative treatments to heal your bunion. You must get proper fitting shoes that allow free movement of your toes. As the bunion heals, you can use bunion cushions to relieve pressure on the joint. If at-home treatments don’t resolve your bunion, you may have to undergo foot surgery as a last resort. However, early treatment can help avoid surgery.
Contact Our Foot Doctor in New Berlin, WI, for More Information!
To find out more, contact us at 414-246-9639. Our friendly team will answer any questions you may have about foot care or scheduling a consultation.