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For many patients, a bunion is unnoticeable until its later stages—meaning you may not notice it at all until it becomes a problem. Due to its location and slow-growing nature, a bunion can cause pain, discomfort, and even issues walking or standing. Learning to spot a bunion in its earliest stages and understanding its causes and treatments can help your feet stay healthy for years to come. Find out more about bunions with Diamond Podiatry with locations in Bethlehem, PA, Macungie, PA, and Quakertown, PA.
What is a bunion and where do they come from?
A bunion is a bony growth located at the base of the big toe. The bunion itself grows slowly, usually over the course of years, and may not cause any adverse symptoms until it is quite advanced. The creation of bunions is largely related to wearing too-narrow or too-tight shoes, such as high heels, as they create a harmful amount of foot friction.
Do I have a bunion?
Visually, a bunion looks like a bump or lump at the base of your big toe on the inside of your foot. Some common symptoms of a bunion include:
- A visible lump on the inside of the foot
- Friction from the bunion rubbing on the shoe
- Aching pain
- In its later stages, difficulty standing or walking
Bunion Treatments in Bethlehem, PA, Macungie, PA, and Quakertown, PA
If you suspect you have a bunion, a consultation with your podiatrist can confirm your diagnosis and help you find the best treatment plan for your condition. If found in its earliest stages, simple monitoring of the foot and lifestyle changes like wearing more comfortable shoes can help slow a bunion’s growth. If necessary, your foot doctor may also suggest over-the-counter pain medication and an avoidance towards being on your feet for extended periods of time. Advanced bunions may require a bunionectomy, which is a surgical procedure to remove the entire bunion and, if necessary, realign the toes to lie flat.
For more information on bunions or their treatments, please contact your podiatrist at Diamond Podiatry with locations in Bethlehem, PA, Macungie, PA, and Quakertown, PA. Call (610) 865-0311 to schedule your appointment in Bethlehem, (610) 865-0311 to schedule your appointment in Macungie, or (215) 529-5222 to schedule your appointment in Quakerstown.
Many people who suffer from bunions do not even realize that they have this potentially painful medical condition. However, as time goes on and the bunion grows in size, they may notice discomfort or deformation of their foot. Luckily, bunions are a treatable and sometimes preventable condition. Find out more about recognizing, preventing and treating bunions with help from your Bethlehem, PA podiatrist.
Bunions: You mean not everyone has this bump on their feet?
Bunions, which begin as a small, bony growth and get larger slowly over time, are not always noticeable at first. Some people may go their entire lives without feeling bunion pain. However, it is important to recognize and monitor a bunion’s growth to ensure it does not become larger and painful. Symptoms of a bunion include:
- a large lump on the inside of the foot, located at the base of the big toe
- pain or swelling around the lump
- soreness around the front of the foot
- calluses or thickening of the skin around the big toe
- reduced range of motion of the big toe
How are bunions treated?
In their beginning stages, bunions usually do not cause discomfort or cause for alarm. However, bunions get larger over time, causing the big toe to grow toward the smaller toes at an unnatural angle, eventually causing damage to the bones, muscles and connective tissues in the foot. If bunion pain occurs, soaking or icing the feet several times a day helps relieve pain and swelling. Over-the-counter medications also help relieve pain. Special orthotics, worn inside the shoe, help evenly distribute the body’s weight onto the feet. Bunion surgery to remove the bunion and realign the toes becomes necessary in severe cases.
How can I prevent bunions from growing larger?
If your bunion becomes painful, you should schedule an appointment with your Bethlehem podiatrist. Until then, avoid wearing narrow, tight or high-heeled shoes, as they promote bunion growth. Try to wear comfortable shoes with a large enough toe box to accommodate the shape of the foot. If your feet roll inwards while walking, you may benefit from wearing more supportive shoes or using special orthotics to prevent bunion growth.
For more information on bunion treatment and prevention, please contact Dr. Robert A. Diamond, Dr. Brent H. Bernstein and Dr. Jung H. Lee at Diamond Podiatry in Bethlehem, PA. Call (610) 865-0311 to schedule your foot examination today!