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Causes of Bunions

Monday, 15 July 2019 00:00

A bunion is described as a bony protrusion on the side of the big toe. It can develop as a result of genetic factors, or wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. It is considered to be a bone deformity, and patients who have severe bunions may choose surgery as an option for permanent removal. The symptoms that are often associated with this condition can include pain in the joints of the big toe, calluses that form on top of the toe, and a shifting of the big toe toward the other toes. It may be difficult to wear shoes, in addition to having pain while walking or running. There are measures that can be implemented which may prevent bunions from developing. These include wearing shoes that fit properly, performing gentle foot stretches, or wearing shoe inserts that have adequate arch support. If you have developed a bunion, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. Richard Kobylar of Texas. 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 our offices located in Bay City, El Campo, and Edna, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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