A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. This bump is caused by the pressure of your big toe pushing against the toe next to it. This can happen if you wear tight, narrow shoes, or if your foot incurs a similar type of stress. You can also develop a bunion as a result of an inherited structural defect or a medical condition, such as arthritis. Some people even develop smaller bunions (known as bunionettes) on the joint of their little toe.
The most obvious sign of a bunion is that bulging bump that emerges on the outside of the base of your big toe. The skin over this bump might also be red, sore, and/or swollen. In some cases, you may develop corns or calluses where the toes overlap. You will likely also experience either persistent or periodic pain, and restricted movement of the toe itself.
If you suspect you have a bunion, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Del Monte. He will conduct a physical examination, followed by an X-ray of your foot in order to determine the cause and severity of your bunion. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, there are a number of options for treatment.
If the bunion is not serious, Dr. Del Monte can employ a number of nonsurgical treatments in order to relieve the pain and pressure. He can help you tape your foot into a position that eases the pressure, and can also provide a pain relief medication. Other recommendations include more comfortable shoes, over-the-counter bunion pads, padded shoe inserts, or the application of ice to reduce soreness and inflammation.
If your bunion is more severe, causing you frequent pain, and interfering with your daily activities, you may need surgery. Dr. Del Monte can surgically:
Recovery from a surgical procedure can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
If you are concerned that you may have a bunion, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Del Monte at Del Monte Podiatry.
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