A bunion is a bump that develops when the joint near the big toe moves out of alignment. The joint can become inflamed and pushes out, causing a bunion bump. Over time, bunions can cause pain or discomfort when walking. Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists offer multiple advanced treatments to reduce the appearance of bunion bumps as well as alleviate the joint pain that bunions cause patients.
What Causes Bunions to Form?
Bunions can develop because of genetics, foot injury, or even the type of shoe one wears. When shoes don’t fit properly, the big toe is squished into the neighboring toes. This can damage the joints in the foot.
Common symptoms of bunions can include:
- Foot pain
- Discomfort when wearing shoes
- Joint swelling, stiffness, and pain
- Thick skin on the bottom of your big toe
- Joint tenderness or redness
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, call Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists at 215.234.3772. Our professional podiatrists work as a team to ensure that patients are receiving the care they need.
Before treatment, one of our podiatrists will perform a physical examination and X-ray to determine if bunions are the underlying problem. Anti-inflammatory medication, corticosteroid injections, physical therapy, and custom made orthotics may be needed to treat bunions. In some cases, a bunionectomy is recommended. This treatment corrects the position of the big toe by removing small fragments of bone and tissue from the affected area. An alternative to this surgery is the Lapiplasty® Procedure. During this procedure, we rotate and shift the bone back into its normal position to lessen the appearance of the bunion bump.
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Contact Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists today at 215.234.3772. You may schedule a consultation with us online. Got a question? Any member of our staff would be happy to assist you.