Bunions may appear as minor inconveniences but can develop into a condition that’s not expected. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, can help to treat this condition with the utmost efficiency. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 or visit us at our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations to learn more about hammertoes. Also, please check out our Patient Education section to learn more about this complication.
Bunions are caused by hereditary faulty foot structures that you are born with or by other factors. The big toe angles toward the small toes and is worsened with high heels or narrow toe-boxed shoes. This condition can run in families and the pain it causes is brought about gradually and gets increasingly worse. Other conditions can contribute to bunions forming. These other conditions may include flat feet, loosened ligaments and unusual structure of the bone of the foot. Bad fitting shoes are also a cause of bunions due to the friction forces they place on feet. Non-surgical options are wearing properly fitting shoes with padding on the soles with large toe boxes, medications and arch supports in your shoes.
Treatment may involve the use of toe spacers that can help restore toes to their normal position. Surgery can also be helpful to position the toe back to the location it was in before the bunion formed. After surgery, arch supports and cushioned shoes are used to help with recovery. Surgery will include realigning the metatarsophalangeal joint at the bottom of the big toe, reducing pain and correcting malformation of the toes and foot.
Recovery can take a few months to a year. Proper healing is require to prevent bunions from coming back and this will take some time. Acceptable dressing of the surgical site and medication will help to speed up recovery. Physical therapy may be required post-surgery for severe situations. Tight fitting shoes should also be avoided after surgery for maximum recovery. Please contact us today and we will help to put an end to your bunions!