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Bunions: All you need to know

If you have noticed a change in the joint of your big toe, you may have a bunion. Bunions most often affect the big toe and cause the toe to incline towards the second toe instead of staying straight ahead. Because it pushes the big toe towards the second toe, it causes the joint to push out. 

Bunions can be painful and keep you from walking and exercising. The good news is bunions are treatable. 

The condition is usually seen in adults. The condition may be due to a problem with the bones of the foot. The type of shoe you wear can increase the risk but not directly cause bunions. 

Though usually seen in the big toe, it can also occur in the little toe. This is known as a “tailor’s bunion.” 

This article will look at what happens if you leave a bunion untreated, the fastest way to get rid of a bunion and if a bunion can correct itself. 

What happens if you leave a bunion untreated?

Several issues can occur if you leave a bunion untreated. Some of the complications include: 

  • Hammertoe: Where there is an abnormal bend that occurs in the middle joint of the toe because the toe next to your big toe causes pain and pressure;
  • Bursitis: A painful condition that occurs when small fluid-filled pads that cushion the bones near the joint become inflamed;
  • Metatarsalgia: A condition causing pain and swelling in the ball of the food.

To prevent these complications, you must see a podiatrist in Florida to treat the bunion before it gets worse. We have several locations to help treat the condition. Find the doctor’s office that is closest to you

What is the fastest way to get rid of a bunion? 

Bunions are usually treated conservatively. The podiatrist will most likely recommend wearing a supportive shoe. The best shoe has a wide and flexible sole with enough room in the part surrounding the front of the foot. Sandals, the right athletic shoe, and shoes made from soft leather are good choices. 

A shoe with a hard heel is suggested to keep the heel of the foot in place. Narrow shoes can be reshaped with shoe stretchers making room for the bunion in the front of the shoe. 

Podiatrists may recommend semi-soft shoe inserts that can position the foot correctly when striking the ground. Splints are also available to wear at night to hold the toe straight and to help to ease discomfort.

You can protect bunions with moleskin or gel-filled pads. These are available at most drugstores. 

If your bunion is painful, short-term treatment options include: warm soaks, ice packs, and over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen. If that is not helpful, the podiatrist may consider cortisone injections to help temporarily reduce inflammation and pain. Bear in mind this is usually only a temporary solution. 

Do bunions heal themselves? 

Bunions are permanent without surgery but can usually be managed using the suggestions listed above. Conservative treatments help to ease the pain and make managing bunions tolerable. These methods can also slow the progression of the bunion. 

Do bunions ever require surgery? 

If your bunion is very painful, then a podiatrist may recommend surgery. It is usually not recommended until conservative treatments have been tried for at least a year. 

If the bunion contributes to other foot conditions, then surgery may indeed be recommended. Having a consultation with your podiatrist is the best way to know if you are a surgical candidate. 

If you are concerned you have a bunion, Florida Foot and Ankle Associates has several locations throughout South Florida, our specialists serving the Greater Miami Area, including Miami-Dade (Miami, Kendall, Miami Beach, Hialeah, Coral Gables), Broward County (Hollywood, Pembroke Pines), and Palm Beach County (Boca Raton). Find your doctor here!

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