Today we're here on the blogosphere to declare war on your bunions! But before we bring out the big guns, maybe we should review the basics...
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is a bump of bone on the joint located at the base of your big toe. Smaller bony protrusions formed on lesser toe joints are called “bunionettes.”
When you have a bunion, your bone sticks out abnormally and it can end up rubbing against your footwear, causing irritation, pain, redness, soreness, and swelling. And because you flex your toe joint with every step you take (cue the Police song here), you are battling a progressive condition that can quickly become worse. When left unchecked, bunions can cause other conditions too, like hallux valgus where your lesser toes are forced to overlap one another, or hammertoes in which your toes may become permanently bent downward.
What Causes Bunions?
Bunions are caused by abnormal foot structure. Although your bunions themselves are not hereditary, members of your family may develop bunions because you may share a similar pathology of abnormal foot structure. Wearing ill-fitting, high heel, or narrow footwear can contribute to the development of bunions. If you suffer from chronic pain associated with arthritis, you can be at risk for developing bunions as well because arthritis can result in changing gait patterns.
How Can I Beat My Bunions?
If your bunions are becoming a pain, now is the time to take action! There are several ways to beat bunions, ranging from conservative to aggressive treatment options. Over the next few weeks we'll blog about the possible treatment options: conservative, aggressive, and surgical. Until then you can find more information by checking out our patient library or you can make an appointment to see Dr. Harvey today! Let's beat your bunions!