About 23% of 18-65-year-olds and 36% of American adults over 65 suffer from bunions. If you have a bony bump on the side of your big toe, it’s likely a bunion. At Endurance Foot and Ankle in Issaquah, Washington, board-qualified podiatric surgeon Christopher Jones, DPM, offers both conservative and surgical approaches to help you correct or find relief for your bunion. Call Endurance Foot and Ankle or request an appointment online today.
Bunions are a deformity at the base of your great toe, involving the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. As the joint moves out of position, the great toe deviates towards the smaller toes. A bunion is a foot deformity because it actually changes the framework of your foot, which can lead to instability, other toe deformities, and changes in the way you walk.
It's common to experience discomfort, and even pain as the bunion rubs against your shoe. Your skin can quickly become red and sore.
Bunions are largely hereditary but aggravated by shoe gear. Other factors, including foot trauma, neuromuscular issues, and flat feet, can also contribute to bunions.
At Endurance Foot and Ankle, Dr. Jones uses advanced diagnostics to find the cause of your bunions and personalize your treatment.
Bunions require professional treatment because they're bone deformities. Dr. Jones uses a two-pronged approach focusing on both symptom relief and preventing bunion enlargement. Common treatments include:
Dr. Jones may recommend new footwear that makes enough room for the bunion and doesn't contribute to its further development. Most shoes do not provide ample space for our feet. Dr. Jones will discuss realistic shoe options that align with your activities and even your preferred style or fashion.
Orthotics, which can be either over-the-counter or custom-made, can help stabilize the great toe joint and help position your foot for normal movement.
Specific toe and foot exercises can keep your affected joint mobile and prevent stiffness from setting in.
These devices can help space the toes and reverse some of the damage done by ill-fitting shoe gear. They may not completely correct the deformity, but if the bunion is still flexible, they certainly can help limit its progression and provide some degree of correction.
If conservative treatments aren't sufficient, you may need a bunionectomy. This surgery removes the bunion and repositions your toe. There are a variety of different procedures available to achieve correction for your bunion, and Dr. Jones will sit down and discuss these options with you to find the option which best suits your needs and goals.
Dr. Jones can treat any type of bunion, from mild cases to more severe.
For the best care for your bunion, call Endurance Foot and Ankle or book an appointment online today.