What's a Bunion?

By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC
November 09, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

Are you concerned that you may have a bunion? Drs. Douglas Stabile, Mark Scripps, Richard Derner, Andy Roussel and Michael bunionCashdollar, your Stafford, VA, podiatrists, share a few bunion signs and symptoms and explain what you can do about bunion pain.

Is that bump a bunion?

If your bump is at the base of your big toe, you might just have a bunion. Bunions occur when your big toe begins to drift toward your other toes instead of remaining straight. If your toe remains in its new position long enough, the bones in your foot will move out of alignment and you'll soon notice the bump that's characteristic of a bunion.

If you have a bunion, you may notice:

  • Pain, particularly when you're on your feet a lot
  • Inflammation or reddening over the bunion
  • A burning sensation
  • Numbness
  • Trouble moving your toe
  • Thicker skin at the bottom of your big toe
  • Corns, due to overlapping toes

Why did I get a bunion?

Bunions often develop if the shoes you wear are too tight and put pressure on the sides of your feet. Women are particularly at risk because they're more likely to wear high heels and shoes designed for style, not necessarily comfort. Other causes of bunions include an inherited foot instability, arthritis in your foot, a foot deformity or a disparity in the length of your legs

What can I do about my bunion?

Ice and over-the-counter pain relievers can help you relieve bunion pain. Wearing comfortable shoes with plenty of room in the toes will help you get through the day, although you may need to add bunion pads to give your foot extra cushioning. Your foot doctor can offer several solutions that will help ease your pain, such as orthotics, splints and arch supports that help properly align your foot. If your problem is severe, surgery to realign your bones may be recommended.

Do you think you have a bunion? Your foot doctor can help you feel better when you're on your feet. Call any of your Stafford, VA, podiatrists, at (540) 720-0700 to schedule an appointment.

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