Do you have a large, bony bump on your big toe? It may be a bunion, a common toe deformity that is known for causing pain, pressure, and swelling, so intense that simple actions such as putting on shoes or taking a walk become excruciating processes.
While unpleasant visually and physically, bunions are not uncommon, and our foot doctor, Daniel J. Roche, DPM, in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ, knows just what do for you to restore your feet to optimum health. Here's how to tell if you have a bunion, what can cause it, and how to treat it:
What are the signs I have a bunion?
Depending on how much your bunion has progressed, you may have minor or major signs that your big toe is suffering from the condition. The most obvious indication is an oversized, hard-to-the-touch bump on the joint of your big toe. This may cause swelling and redness. If it is painful to bend the big toe, or if the toe is awkwardly bent, these can also be signs of a bunion. Bunions may also cause you to experience pain when you are wearing shoes, exercising, or even just moving around.
What can cause a bunion?
Improper footwear is a common reason for bunion development. Squeezing your foot into shoes that are too tight or narrow are culprits. Inflammation from conditions like arthritis may also cause bunions, and some people are genetically predisposed to the development of bunions.
How do I treat a bunion?
Bunions get worse over time, so it is important to visit your foot doctor in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ, at the first sign of a problem. Your bunion may respond to switching to roomy, sensible shoes, using small, cushioned pads that fit over the bunion or icing of the area. Custom made or pre-packaged orthotics for your shoes may also help.
If at-home treatments fail to help alleviate your bunion pain, your foot doctor may advise you to undergo surgery at either of our offices. The procedure realigns the bone, ligaments, nerves, and tendons in the big toe, allowing it to resume normal shape and positioning. If you undergo bunion surgery, you should be able to leave the office on the same day, but there will be a period of recovery when you need to rest the foot.
Concerned? Give us a call
If you need help treating your bunions, make an appointment at either our office in Edison, NJ, or our location in Woodbridge. Dial 908-753-0500 for Edison and 732-636-8500 for Woodbridge.