If you have a bunion, you know that it can hurt! A bunion is a bony growth on the first joint of your big toe. Bunions grow gradually when the big toe's bone or tissue is pushed against the next toe. This pressure can be caused by genetics but also from arthritis, an injury or too-tight shoes.
More women than men suffer from bunions but both experience pain as well as embarrassment from the appearance of the toes. It may be hard to get shoes with a proper fit.
A further problem can develop when the bunion forces the toes or joint to rub against the shoe, causing calluses. Bunions can also restrict the movement of the big toe making it difficult to walk.
If you feel that you have symptoms of a bunion, please come see us! Our first recommended treatments at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute will be conservative including:
- Changing your shoe to one with a wider toe box that will give your toes ample room.
- Avoid wearing high heels that put too much pressure on your toe joints.
- With your doctor's permission, take anti-inflammatory medicine such as naproxen or ibuprofen to reduce inflammation.
- Pain and inflammation can also be lessened by elevating your foot several times a day while applying ice.
- Custom-fitted orthotics can redistribute the pressure on your toes to stop bunion growth.
- To further ease pain and swelling, we may give you cortisone injections at the bunion site.
- Taping and padding the toes and ball of the foot can also alleviate bunion stress.
Bunion Surgery May Be Necessary in Severe Cases
After trying these non-invasive treatments for several weeks, if you are still in pain we will discuss surgical options for your bunion. Bunion surgery is called a bunionectomy and is usually done on an outpatient basis.
Our goal in bunion surgery will be to realign the ligaments and bones of the toe to move it into a more normal position. We may insert small wires, screws or plates to hold the bones in place. Over time this should relieve your pain.
You can learn more about one type of bunionectomy here.
Most of our patients are able to walk on the foot within a few days with a post-operative boot. The full recovery period after this surgery is about 6 weeks but in some cases can take as long as 6 months.
Don't Tolerate Your Bunion Pain - Let Us Help!
Dr. John Schilero, DPM, board certified podiatrist has counseled and successfully treated many patients with painful bunions. We have the right experience to treat successfully all types of foot and ankle problems for patients of all ages. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 to make an appointment at one of our four offices conveniently located in Palm Beach County. You can also request an appointment at the website. Don't delay seeking treatment for your bunion because it will only get worse!