Bunions are one of the most common foot deformities we see at our podiatry practice at Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM in Chicago. They affect women in larger numbers and tend to worsen over time. However, our podiatrist, Dr. Stavros Alexopoulos, wants to tell you that the sooner you treat your bunion, the less problematic they will be!
What are bunions?
Bunions develop when the toes are subject to excessive, repetitive pressure. Eventually, this pressure causes the big toe to shift out of place towards your other toes and causes the big toe joint to enlarge. In many cases, bunions are inherited or form from wearing incorrect footwear. Wearing narrow, tight shoes like high heels are the culprit of many bunions that form in women. Eventually, as the joint grows larger, problems with mobility and comfort can result.
The first step to treating bunions is to recognize you have it and to make an appointment with a foot care specialist. The podiatrist may recommend the following to minimize any pain, redness, swelling, and discomfort that often results from the condition:
- Wear proper shoes that do not cause excessive pressure on the feet. Invest in comfortable, low-heel shoes, and limit the amount of time you wear high heels.
- Steroid shots to help reduce inflammation.
- Orthotics to reroute pressure away from the affected area and correct any abnormal foot mechanics.
- If severe and unresponsive to conservative measures, surgery may be necessary. During this procedure, the foot doctor will move the joints and toes back to their optimal positions. Correcting deformities caused by bunions may involve removing, repairing, and positioning the toe joints.
Our expert podiatrist, Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, has many years of experience providing exceptional treatments to those suffering from bunions. We take pride in providing high-quality care that leaves your feet in better health! Contact our Chicago, IL office to schedule an appointment by calling (773)561-8100. Also, check our Patient Education Library to learn more about common foot and ankle conditions.