Foot pain is among the most common and painful problems that most people experience on a day-to-day basis. For many, this pain comes in the form of a bunion. The term bunion refers to a bony bump at the base of the big toe. This bump causes the joint to move out of place and bend in toward the other toes. When this happens, the bump becomes painful and can make wearing shoes difficult. When this bump occurs along the outside of the foot at the joint of the little toe, it’s called a tailor’s bunion.
If you are suffering from foot pain due to bunions, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Samandarov and his expert team. Call us today or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation.
Painless Bunion Surgery
Recently we provided a 38-year-old female attorney a painless bunion surgery procedure.She had a painful bunion deformity and was unable to exercise or wear shoes without feeling constant pain. Bunion surgery recovery time for this type of procedure is very fast. The patient was able to walk immediately after the bunion procedure. The patient underwent hidden incision for an outpatient bunion correction, meaning she walked away that same day, pain free. The pictures below were taken before and right after surgery.
Symptoms of a Bunion:
- Bump on the foot at the base of the big toe
- Swelling or soreness around the joint of the big toe
- Thickened skin at the base of the big toe
- Corns or calluses
- Chronic foot pain
- Limited movement of the big toe
You should see a doctor if your symptoms include continual toe or foot pain, a visible bump on the joint, decreased ability to move your toe or foot, difficulty wearing shoes.
How Do You Get a Bunion?
Bunions typically form when the pressure of weight bearing and walking is unevenly spread across the foot. The result of this uneven distribution is often joint instability and deformity. The most common causes of joint instability and deformity are:
- High-heels or extremely tight fitting shoes
- Stress caused by occupational related hazard
- Inherited Foot Type
- Foot injuries
- Congenital deformities present at birth
- Pronation – subtle abnormalities in walking patterns
- Those with a history of bunions in their family should note that it is the foot type prone to bunions that is passed down, not the bunions themselves.
Wearing overly tight shoes that squeeze the toes together is also a common risk factor for developing bunions. This is commonly seen in women who consistently wear high heels and other fashionably tight shoes
How you can help prevent Bunions from forming:
- Avoid shoes with a narrow toe box
- If your foot flattens excessively, make sure you wear supportive shoes, and if necessary, get custom orthotics from your podiatrist
- See your podiatrist at the first signs or symptoms of a bunion deformity, as early treatment may stop or slow its progression
Diagnosis and Treatment of Bunions:
To diagnose your bunions, your foot doctor will preform an examination of your foot. An X-ray may also be done to confirm the diagnosis or gauge the severity of the bunion. If your foot pain is found to be caused by a bunion, there are a variety of treatment options available.
The first treatment choice for most patients is nonsurgical. Nonsurgical treatment options include:
- Wearing more comfortable shoes
- Padding and tapping the foot
- Taking medication to control the pain
- Adding shoe inserts to help distribute the pressure of walking more evenly
If bunions are unresponsive to nonsurgical methods, it may be time to consider surgery. A number of different surgical options are available. Most of these involve a bunionectomy. A bunionectomy is a procedure designed to the following:
- Removed the inflamed tissue around the toe joint
- Straighten the toe by removing some of the bone
- Realign the bones of the toe to the natural angle
- Permanently fix the bones of the affected toe joint
- While it may be possible for you to walk immediately after your bunion surgery, a full recovery will likely take two months or more.