What is a bunion and how does it form?
A bunion is a bony protrusion that develops at the base of the big toe. It occurs when the joint at the base of your big toe gets larger or sticks out, causing the toe to deviate towards the others. This condition can cause significant discomfort, including pain and stiffness, and may interfere with wearing shoes. Bunions are often caused by an imbalance of forces exerted on the joints and tendons of the foot, which can be due to factors such as faulty foot development, wearing tight or narrow shoes, genetics, and certain occupational stresses.
What are the symptoms of a bunion?
The most common symptoms of a bunion include a firm bump at the base of the big toe, redness, swelling, or pain near the joint, and overlapping of the first and second toes, which can lead to corns or other irritations. You may also experience restricted or painful motion of the big toe.
When should I seek medical care for a bunion?
Bunions are progressive and typically worsen over time. If you experience persistent pain or if the bunion is causing you difficulty in walking or wearing shoes, it is essential to seek podiatric care to prevent further complications and discomfort. Early intervention increases the likelihood of successful non-surgical treatment.
What are the treatment options for bunions at Modern Foot & Ankle?
At Modern Foot & Ankle, our experienced podiatrists will determine the most appropriate treatment plan based on the severity and progression of your bunion. Treatment options include conservative measures such as padding, taping, anti-inflammatory medications, and cortisone injections to help alleviate pain and slow the progression of the deformity. For severe cases or when conservative treatments are insufficient, our skilled podiatrists may recommend surgery to correct the deformity and alleviate pain.
Why should I choose Modern Foot & Ankle for my bunion care?
At Modern Foot & Ankle, we are committed to providing high-quality, patient-centered care for a range of foot and ankle conditions, including bunions. Our team of experienced podiatrists and surgeons use the latest techniques and technology to deliver effective treatments that reduce pain, improve function, and restore mobility. We work closely with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their unique needs and goals.
What can I expect after bunion surgery at Modern Foot & Ankle?
After bunion surgery at Modern Foot & Ankle, you can expect a comprehensive care plan to ensure a smooth recovery. This includes guidance on how to manage pain, swelling, and wound care, as well as physical therapy to restore strength and mobility to your foot. Our team will be with you every step of the way, providing support and answering any questions you may have.