How to Relieve Bunions

Foot pain is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. This is unfortunate, since walking pain-free is essential to most peoples’ everyday lives. A common cause of foot pain is a condition known as bunions. Thankfully, bunions are treatable by a knowledgeable and skilled podiatrist.

What are bunions?

A bunion is a painful, bony growth found on the foot at the base of the big toe. This growth is caused when the big toe begins to turn toward and press against the other toes, forcing the joint out, which can create further complications. Because bunions by their nature happen at an important joint in your foot, even just walking can cause serious pain.

Genetics play a large role in the development of bunions. Additionally, women are more prone to developing bunions than men, especially if they are frequent wearers of high heels.

How do I know if I have a bunion? 

Symptoms of bunions include:

What can I do to find relief from bunion pain? 

Bunions do not always cause pain, and some people go their entire lives without ever being bothered by them. If treatment is necessary, there are a few at-home, nonsurgical treatments that patients can try.

In the most severe cases, bunions may need to be surgically removed. This procedure for the surgery is specialized to each individual, and could range from tissue removal to realigning the bones of the foot, or even fusing them together permanently.

If your symptoms match those for bunions, or you have questions about the condition, Premier Foot and Ankle Center in Somerset, NJ can help. Call to schedule an appointment for a consultation today.

Dr. Jade Gittens

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