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Causes, Definition, and Embracing Life While Living With a Bunion

Bunions are a prevalent foot condition, bringing discomfort and challenges to daily life. These bony protrusions, medically known as hallux valgus, develop at the joint where the big toe meets the foot. They often occur from a combination of factors, including genetics, ill- fitting footwear, and structural anomalies in the foot. Defined by the outward deviation of the big toe and the subsequent misalignment of bones, bunions can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty in finding comfortable shoes. Living with bunions requires proactive measures. Choosing shoes that have ample toe space and arch support can help to reduce discomfort. Surgery may be needed for removal if the bunion is severe and affecting the other toes. If you have a bunion, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with treatment options that are right for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of William Street Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in William Street in New York, NY, Madison Avenue, New York, NY, Forest Hills, NY, and Broadway in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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