Bunions Specialist

Best Foot Forward -  - Podiatrist

Best Foot Forward

Podiatrists located in Festus, MO & St. Louis, MO

If you’ve noticed changes in the shape of your foot or increasing discomfort when wearing some shoes, you might have a bunion. Franklin Harry, DPM, ABMSP, and Tim Davydov, DPM, ABPM, at Best Foot Forward can assess your feet and determine if a bunion has developed. If a bunion is found, they’ll explain all available treatments. That process begins with a phone call to the office nearest you in Festus and St. Louis, Missouri. You can also visit the online booking page, so don’t delay.

Bunions Q&A

What are bunions?

Bunions are joint deformities that happen when the bones in the front of your foot begin to shift out of position. They appear as bony bumps at the base of your big toe.

The joint where your big toe joins your foot allows your foot to flex and bend as you walk and run. When the bones in this area of your foot move out of position, it pulls your big toe inward toward your other toes. This forces the joint to push outward. That’s what causes the distinctive bulge on the inner side of your foot behind the big toe.

Researchers believe genetics play a part in the formation of bunions. People who have foot deformities when they’re born also have an increased risk of developing a bunion. Many professionals believe that wearing high-heeled shoes or shoes that are overly tight at the toes or both can cause bunions.

How do I know if I have a bunion?

The primary symptom of a bunion is a distinct bump or bulge on the inside of your foot at the base of your big toe. Other symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Tenderness when touched
  • Redness
  • Inability to move your big toe normally
  • Corns or calluses

You might also feel pain during or after walking or running. The pain can range from mild to severe and can be steady or can come and go.

Are there treatments that can help with bunions?

Over-the-counter pain medications can relieve discomfort and control swelling. You might also find relief from mild discomfort by using a heating pad or foot bath. Some people use ice packs to reduce swelling.

Mild bunions can sometimes get better by changing your footwear. Proper fitting shoes take the pressure off the affected joint. Orthotic shoes or inserts can help by changing the way your weight is distributed when you walk.

When caught in the early stages, these conservative treatments sometimes give your body a chance to realign the joint on its own. Advanced bunions that cause significant pain usually require surgery.

Surgery helps by removing swollen tissue from the area, removing bone tissue to realign the joint, or permanently fusing the bones in the damaged joint. It can take weeks, even months, to fully recover from bunion surgery. That is why more conservative treatments are usually attempted first.

To learn more about how to prevent and treat bunions, schedule a visit with Best Foot Forward today online or by phone.