A bunion, also known as a “hallux valgus,” is a bony growth on the inside of your foot at the base of your big toe. Bunions usually develop over time when pressure causes your big toe to lean toward your second toe. Other causes of bunions include:
Bunions become more painful as they enlarge, making it increasingly difficult to wear shoes. Because women tend to wear tight, narrow shoes, they tend to develop bunions more often than men.
Because they are bone deformities, bunions do not resolve on their own, and the only options are to either treat and relieve the pain caused by your bunions or elect for corrective surgery.
Non-surgical treatments for bunions include:
Shoes with a larger toe box
Removing pressure from your big toe can often resolve the discomfort bunions cause.
Protective “bunion shields”
Bunion shields cushion the area over your bunion. The level of padding is extremely important; if the padding is too thick, the size of the bunion can increase over time.
Orthotics or insoles
Placing custom orthotics or over-the-counter insoles into your existing shoes can provide extra comfort, cushion, and support.
If you opt for a surgical solution, called a bunionectomy, Dr. Dunn will explain the procedure to you, so you understand the extent of the surgery and the downtime associated with it. To get started on addressing your bunion issues, call or go online to book an appointment at PGA Foot & Ankle P.A.
To prevent bunions from forming in the first place, it is important to wear properly fitting shoes, which is where Dr. Dunn can help. By taking a three-dimensional image of your foot, she can recommend an ideal shoe type for you.
This does not mean a woman will have to give up high heels, but she may need to opt for a heel with a wider toe or wear a custom orthotic. Wearing appropriate footwear for any given activity will also reduce the likelihood of forming bunions and the complications that come with them.