Bunions cause just about every type of shoe you wear to leave you in agonizing pain. Once you schedule your appointment with board-certified podiatrist Daniel Bell, DPM, PA, at Daniel Bell DPM Foot and Ankle Institute, you’ll get a plan for a permanent bunion fix. His convenient Plantation and Pembroke Pines, Florida offices are ready to schedule your appointment — just call or book it online. Once you start your treatment plan, you won’t have to live another day with bunion pain.
Generally, yes. Bunions are painful bony bumps that form at your big toe joint on the inside of your foot. As you continually put pressure on your big toe, it starts pushing into your second toe. Over time, your foot’s structure changes, causing a deformation in your big toe joint. Usually this occurs with women, or anyone who regularly wears narrow tight-fitting shoes.
It takes time for bunions to develop, so if you wear tight heels every day for years, for example, you might wind up with bunions later on. You can usually prevent bunions by wearing wider shoes that have plenty of toe room, which minimizes pressure on your big toe.
However, not all bunions are preventable. Some bunions stem from inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. It’s also possible to have bunions run in families. If your parents had bunions, chances are, you could too.
Dr. Bell provides many treatment options for helping you with bunion pain. Because each bunion case is unique, he might try more than one treatment to see which one works best for you. Some of the pain-relieving treatment options include:
If you don’t have any improvement with these options, surgery can help. Bunion surgery, called a bunionectomy, allows Dr. Bell to realign your toe joint and remove the bunion. Because the surgery requires you to be off your feet as much as possible during recovery, it’s typically always the last resort. Once you’re recovered though, you won’t have to deal with bunion pain any longer.
A bunionette is similar to a bunion, except that it occurs on your baby toe joint on the outside of your foot. Bunionettes cause the same issues as bunions and are treated the same way, with surgery being the last resort. In severe cases, it’s possible to have bunions on your big toe, in addition to bunionettes on your little toe.