Bunions can cause pain during simple activities like walking or wearing shoes, but a board-certified podiatrist can help. Foot and Ankle Center for the Rockies Specialists in Aurora, Colorado, offer on-site X-rays and same-day, outpatient bunion surgery. If a painful bunion is interfering with your daily activities, call the office to schedule an appointment.
A bunion is a swollen, bony bump that forms on the inside of your foot at the base of the big toe joint. Bunions develop slowly and can become more painful over time. A smaller bunion that develops on the joint of your little toe is called a bunionette.
If the base of your big toe develops a swollen, tender bump that causes your big toe to slant inward toward your second toe, you may have a bunion. Other signs and symptoms of a bunion include:
Without proper treatment, bunions can become progressively worse and lead to persistent (chronic) foot pain or deformity.
You’re more likely to develop a bunion if someone in your family has had one, so there may be a genetic cause for this condition.
However, most bunions develop from wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow. Although anyone can get a bunion, about 90% of bunion sufferers are women who wear high heels. Wearing high heels or poorly fitting shoes can force your toes into a crowded position. Over time, this can lead to a bunion.
A podiatrist begins with a thorough exam and review of your medical history. After the exam, he may take an X-ray — conveniently located right in the office — to evaluate the severity of your bunion.
Then, he discusses the best treatment options for your particular condition. Many bunions can be treated with conservative, nonsurgical methods, such as:
For advanced bunions that cause painful symptoms, a podiatrist may recommend surgery to remove swollen tissue and correct your foot alignment. He performs same-day outpatient procedures right in his office.
If you suffer from bunions, call Foot and Ankle Center for the Rockies Specialists to schedule an appointment.