Many people unnecessarily suffer from bunion pain for years before seeking treatment. But with the help of the top-rated podiatrists at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC, with locations in Mesquite, Rowlett, Wylie, Forney, and Kaufman, Texas, you can undergo pain-relieving bunion treatments starting with your first appointment. Don’t hesitate another day to book your bunion evaluation. You can schedule through the website or over the phone with the office nearest you.
Podiatrists describe bunions as a bony bump on the side of your big toe. But a bunion is much more than a simple bony bump. The visible bump reflects abnormal changes in the body framework of the front part of your foot.
As your big toe leans toward your second toe, rather than pointing straight ahead, your big toe joint changes its shape. The visible bump is the result of improper joint alignment.
In most cases, bunions form because of inherited faulty mechanical structure issues. While bunions themselves cannot be inherited, certain foot types can increase your risk of developing bunions.
Wearing high-heels, pointy shoes, or shoes with a small toe box can exacerbate the problem if you have underlying structural issues.
Additionally, previous foot injury or trauma can cause bunions to form. These factors can also increase your risk of a tailor’s bunion, which is a similar issue that occurs at the base of your little toe.
When you have a bunion evaluation at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, your podiatrist examines your feet and obtains information about all of the symptoms you’re experiencing, including foot pain and swelling.
Depending on the severity of your toe deformity — bunion or tailor’s bunion — your podiatrist can:
If conservative bunion treatments fail, your dedicated podiatrist could recommend surgery (bunionectomy). Bunion procedures remove the bony bump, correct joint changes, and treat soft tissue abnormalities to restore your normal toe function and relieve your discomfort.
Because inherited factors are often to blame, you can’t always prevent bunions from forming. However, you can certainly work to lower your risk of bunions and prevent their progression.
For instance, it’s helpful to make changes in your footwear, such as avoiding high heels and snug-fitting shoes.
Your podiatrist at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists may also recommend modifying certain activities. For instance, if standing for long periods is putting added stress on your feet, you may need to take more frequent breaks to get off your feet throughout the day.
Before suffering from any more bunion discomfort, get started on treatment at Texas Foot & Ankle Specialists, PLLC. Book your bunion exam online or by phone with any office today.