Bunions are Generally Bad

Bunions are generally bad because they form on the top of toes and are definitely eye sores. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, treat bunions! Visit Dr. Schilero at our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations. 

Bunions are generally red because of the pressure exerted on the toe when it pushes against the toe next to it. In particular, shoes are the main problem because they cause bunions. This happens because certain shoes force toes to bend in unnatural ways, such as being pushed inwards. Bunions usually affect the inner foot near the base of the large toe. All this basically translates into a misaligned big toe. 

Treatment for bunions is especially important because the more they deform, the worse the condition will become. More severe pain can result from localized arthritis occurring in advanced stages. However, toe spacers can help reinstate toes to the normal position. Wider shoes may sound like a simple solution; yet, they provide extra wiggle room for toes. This extra space prevents the toes from bending inwards and rubbing against each other. Surgery would be a more serious solution, but can help place the toe back to its normal place when exercises do not work. Padding and support can be placed in your shoes to further ensure that bunions don’t return post-surgery. Just because the toe is back to normal, does not mean you can forget to take preventative measures. Recovery can last up to a year in sever situations. 

The earlier bunions are treated, the better. If you have bunions that are significantly reducing foot motion and causing pain, don’t hesitate to contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible and we will determine the best course of treatment specifically tailored to remove the bunion.