Bunions are one of the most common foot disorders treated by Dr. Bruce J. Holtzman, DPM, PC. In fact, bunions are one of the most common disorders treated by most podiatrists across the country. More than half of the women in America have bunions, a common deformity often blamed on wearing tight, narrow shoes. Bunions cause the base of your big toe (Metatarsophalangeal Joint) to enlarge and protrude, and the skin over it may be red and tender. This can be acquired through time, or it can be congenital (you got it from your family). Wearing any type of shoe may be painful when you have a bunion. The joint involved flexes with every step you take, so the bigger your bunion gets, the more it hurts to walk.
Bursitis (inflammation) may also set in, and your big toe may angle towards your second toe, or even move all the way under or over it. The skin on the bottom of your foot may also become thicker and painful. Pressure from your big toe may force your second toe out of alignment, sometimes causing it to overlap your third toe. If your bunion gets too severe, then it may cause difficulty in walking. Your pain may become chronic and you may develop arthritis. Most bunions can be treated conservatively with wider and softer shoes, pads to relieve the pressure, or medication. If this does not help, then foot bunion surgery in Palm Beach County, FL, may be necessary.
Ease Your Pain with the Bunion Relief You Need
Bunion surgery, or bunionectomy, realigns the bone, ligaments, tendons, and nerves, by returning your big toe to its correct position and removing the bump on the inside of the joint. Many bunion surgeries are performed on a same-day basis (no hospital stays) using a local anesthesia. During your recovery, it is common to have pain and swelling. This swelling and stiffness may be persistent for several months following the bunion treatment.