Have you felt pain in your big or little toe recently? Is it a great relief when you take your shoes off? You might be experiencing the beginnings of a bunion formation. The team at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, provides comprehensive foot healthcare to men and women dealing with bunions. Call or go online today for a pain consultation.
Bunions are abnormal enlargements of the joint (the inner part) at the base of your big toe. This is caused by the misalignment of the big toe joint or bone formation.
Because of the misalignment, your toe starts to point outward and orient itself toward your smaller toes. Although symptoms may or may not be present at first, the bunion can become inflamed and eventually cause pain, tenderness, and redness in your feet.
Bunions can occur in the pinky toe, although these are less common. Also known as a tailor’s bunion, it causes the pinky toe to point inward toward the other toes; effectively, these are the opposite of big toe bunions.
The exact causes of bunions are not yet known, however, there are some factors that contribute to their development, but the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine singles out abnormal foot function as the primary cause.
Abnormal foot function can include any of the following:
Other causes include:
In the beginning, bunions may not cause any symptoms other than pain when you walk.
However, over time, you might start exhibiting more severe symptoms, particularly, if you have arthritis, such as:
You might also notice blisters and calluses in the affected area due to the friction and pressure caused by your shoes.
It’s important not to confuse gout with bunions as they can cause similar symptoms, like pain at the base of the big toe.
The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine provides expert care in treating bunions, from simple repairs to complex reconstructions.
The center’s specialists are trained in performing the Mini TightRopeⓇ osteotomy sparing procedure, which corrects angular deformities without the problems you’ll get with surgeries that cut the bone.
It’s important to note that not all bunions require surgery. Your doctor might recommend:
Bunions should be addressed immediately to avoid unnecessary complications. Contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine today by phone or online to learn more about your treatment options.