A bunion is a bump that forms of the joint of the big toe when the tissue or bone of this toe is pushed up against the next toe. This painful pressure is caused by genetics – you probably inherited this condition from your parents – and can be aggravated by wearing shoes that are too narrow in the toe box area. Arthritis, injury and even your walking style may also worsen bunions.
You may also see the reddened and sore skin of a callus or corn on the bunion. Bunions may cause severe pain as they restrict the movement of the big toe and also rub against your shoes.
After a careful examination of your foot and gait, reviewing in-office x-rays and analyzing your range of motion, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, will begin treating your bunion conservatively, meaning non-invasive options, including:
- Change your shoes – choose comfortable shoes with lots of space for toes to move in the toe box. Avoid high heels as they place excessive pressure on the toe joints.
- Rest and icing to relieve inflammation and soreness.
- Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen and naproxen can reduce inflammation, and acetaminophen will help with pain relief.
- Cortisone injections also help to reduce pain and swelling.
- Padded orthotics help redistribute pressure more evenly over your foot and can also prevent bunion growth.
- Applying tape and padding to the ball and toes of the foot can help reduce stress on the bunion.
When to Consider Bunion Surgery
If after we’ve tried more conservative treatments your bunions still cause pain enough to interfere with your ability to walk or enjoy normal activities, it’s time to discuss a surgical option with Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified foot surgeon. Bunion surgery will relieve pain by returning your toe to its correct position and is performed at a nearby surgical center or hospital.
Come See Us for Relief from Bunion Pain
Call us at 773-561-8100 or visit our website to schedule a consultation appointment. Don’t wait – and don’t suffer in pain any longer – call us today to start on the road to pain-free walking.