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Bunions Are a Common Foot Condition

The probability is high for developing a bunion. Research has shown that one-third of Americans will eventually have bunions, and it is easier to treat in the beginning stages. It is defined as a bony growth that gradually forms on the side of the big toe, and can cause discomfort while walking. It happens from genetic reasons, or, most commonly from wearing shoes that do not have enough room for the toes to move freely in. Calluses and corns may form on untreated bunions, and larger shoes may need to be purchased that can accommodate the bunion. Relief may be found when the correct width of shoes are worn, and high heels may have to be eliminated from frequent wearing. Bunions will typically not diminish on their own, but they may be easier to live with when the right shoes are worn. If the bunion is making daily activities difficult to accomplish, surgery may be a necessary option for permanent relief. It is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with the answers you may be seeking. 

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Ronald Pieroni, DPM of Bolingbrook Foot and Ankle Center. 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 office located in Bolingbrook, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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