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Bunions often appear as bumps or an enlarged growth on the side of your big toe. This is often because your big toe leans towards your second toe instead of pointing straight ahead. This forces your big toe joint in the opposite direction, away from the normal line of your foot.
Over time this growth can enlarge and cause additional pain and discomfort. Certain inherited foot types are prone to bunions due to the structure of the foot.
Bunions can be caused by an inherited foot shape and structure that puts stress on your big toe. As your toe grows it leans towards your second toe, and the joint of the big toe enlarges. In addition to foot type, bunions can be caused by:
Some of these problems can be prevented or alleviated by choosing shoes that support your feet and wearing customized orthotics to correctly position your feet.
The most common symptom of bunions includes pain, soreness, inflammation and redness, burning sensations and numbness in and around the front of your foot. Other symptoms may include:
Options for treatment may vary based on the length of time the bunion has been present and the severity of pain the bunion at the time of diagnosis. While treatment will vary from person to person, bunions are commonly treated by:
These treatments are effective when your bunions are mild to moderate and can be performed at the RNV Podiatry office in Frisco, but Board Certified Dr. Verville may suggest surgical intervention if the problem becomes severe.
Depending on the severity of your condition and the cause, you may require a surgical treatment such as a bunionectomy to best treat your condition. A bunionectomy involves:
A full recovery can take up to 8 weeks, but bunions may reappear if you continue to not take precautions.
Once Dr. Verville has determined that the cause of your foot pain is a bunion and your treatment is complete, you can maintain the results by:
Shoe size and width often increase as we age, so be sure that you are wearing shoes that have ample space for your toes.
If you have painful bunions, call our Frisco office at (214) 385-8822 to find out how we can help.