Bunions: Causes and Treatments

Your left foot really aches. You see a bump on the side, right at the base of the big toe. You notice that when you stand or walk a lot during bunionsthe day, the pain increases. What could be happening? Visit Premier Foot & Ankle Center for an accurate diagnosis and correction of your problem. Your Somerset, NJ, podiatrist, Dr. Jade Gittens, treats a wide array of issues related to the lower extremities. If she suspects your foot problem is a bunion, you'll receive proper care to relieve your pain and normalize your mobility.

The details on bunions

A bunion is a bony bump that forms when the big toe moves toward the second or even third toe because of pressure from:

The Harvard Medical School says that older women (56 and up) are prone to bunion formation. Additionally, while bunions themselves are not inherited, the foot anatomy that helps create this deformity runs in families.

Left untreated, bunions cause disability and an inactive lifestyle because sufferers limit their activities to try to avoid the pain. Corns and calluses often form as does excessively thickened skin on the bottom of the foot. Hammertoes and other foot deformities occur when the patient does not address his or her bunion.

Treating Bunions

Your Somerset podiatrist performs a complete exam when she suspects a patient has a bunion. Dr. Gittens visually inspects the foot, takes X-rays and other kinds of diagnostic imaging if needed. Then, she may advise one or more of the following treatments:

You can be treated

If you are having bunion symptoms, please contact Premier Foot & Ankle Center for an appointment. Bunions are very common, and you can get the relief you deserve. Call (732) 412-1282 today.

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