Bothersome Bunions

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            Stress on the foot, arthritis, and wearing shoes that are too tight can result in the formation of bunions.  These bony bumps form on the joint at the base of the big toe, causing a thickening of the skin, swelling, redness, and soreness.  Intermittent or persistent pain follows.  This results in restricted movement of the big toe, making it difficult to walk in shoes.  Bunions develop over time.  They are permanent unless surgically corrected.  An accompanying condition called bursitis occurs when the bursa, the cushioning sac of fluid over the joint, becomes inflamed.  Should you experience ongoing big toe pain, or notice a visible bump on your big toe joint, see your podiatrist.

            It is important that bunions be recognized early and evaluated by a podiatrist.  We can then offer suggestions on controlling their cause so that symptoms do not arise or become more severe.  Recommendations may include exercise, a change in footwear, orthotics, medication, and surgery.  Let us do what we do best – diagnose and treat your particular foot problems with compassion, knowledge, and up-to-date techniques and equipment.  Please call us for an appointment at 508-757-4003, 299 Lincoln Street, Suite 202, Worcester.

 

HINT:  When someone has a bunion, his or her big toe angles in toward the other toes, a condition called hallux valgus.