A bunion, also called a hallux valgus, is deformity characterized by the lateral deviation of the great toe. Bunions often occur when the joint is stressed over time.
Bunions can be inherited or stem from arthritis. Approximately 60-70 % of bunions occur in women, primarily because of the shoes they wear. And they only get worse over time.
Treatment will depend upon the severity of the bunion. Some bunions are not painful and do not pose a problem for the patient. These can be left alone.
If a patient is in pain due to a bunion, nonsurgical treatment options include changing shoes, taping or padding the foot to help relieve pain and stress, pain medication and cortisone injections, and shoe inserts that help distribute pressure evenly when you move your feet.
If nonsurgical options do no provide consistent relief and the patient remains in pain, surgery may be required.
One of the best ways to prevent bunions is to wear comfortable shoes that fit well. Make sure the shoes don’t cramp your toes or squeeze them together abnormally. Your shoes should have a wide toe box which gives your toes plenty of room to move. But really orthotics, or custom molded insoles can stabilize the feet to prevent the abnormal biomechanics that can lead to bunions. Otherwise, bunions, once they occur, are primarily dealt with surgically.
If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Bradenton or Sarasota area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in their Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.