Bunion

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatry

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Lake Ridge, VA & Stafford, VA

It’s estimated that 33% of people living in the Western world suffer from bunions, which means hundreds of millions of people have these painful, bony lumps on their feet. If you have foot pain that could be due to a bunion, call the team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers, with offices in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia. Their experienced foot care experts can provide effective treatment of bunions, including using surgery in severe cases. Call the office nearest you today to arrange a consultation or book an appointment online.

Bunion Q & A

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a bone deformity that develops because of an enlarged joint at the base and side of the big toe. Bunions form when the toe moves out of place, causing the bump on the inside of your foot. This bump rubs against the inside of your shoe and becomes increasingly sore and painful.

Over time, your big toe starts to angle in toward your other toes, making the bunion bigger and causing more irritation and inflammation. As it gets bigger, the bunion comes under more pressure from your shoes as well, making walking painful.

When you have a bunion, the skin over your toe typically gets red and tender, and the bigger the bunion gets, the more it hurts to walk. You might also develop bursitis or arthritis, and the skin on the bottom of your foot could start to thicken. Left untreated, bunions become a chronic, disabling pain problem.

What causes a bunion?

Unsuitable footwear is the leading cause of bunions. Wearing shoes that are too tight around your toes, or regularly wearing high heels that force the toe joints into an unnatural position and put them under extreme pressure are the most common causes.

Bunions tend to run in families, most likely because family members share a similar foot structure. Foot injuries, neuromuscular problems, and flat feet can also contribute to the formation of bunions.

If you have pronated feet, which means they roll inward so the inside part of your foot bears more weight, you’re more likely to develop a bunion. Bunions can’t heal without treatment because they are bone deformities.

How are bunions treated?

Treatment at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers aims to relieve the pressure and pain and stop the bunion from growing larger.

Treatments include:

  • Protective padding
  • Corn and callus removal
  • Carefully fitted footwear
  • Over-the-counter shoe inserts
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Nighttime splints

Your Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers practitioner can explain these therapies and which might work best for you.

In some cases, especially if the bunion is severe, conservative approaches aren’t enough to relieve pain. In these cases, surgery becomes necessary. If you need surgery, the expert foot and ankle surgeons at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers can perform a bunionectomy to remove the bunion and realign your toe.

The sooner you start treatment for your bunion the better, so call Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers today or book your appointment online.