You or a loved one may have one of those bony and painful humps at the base of the big toe. This is what we call a bunion. A bunion can become very painful overtime as everytime you walk or run all of your body weight is narrowing down on that spot. Not to mention your footwear rubbing against it all of the time which will likely cause calluses to form. At Table Mountain Foot and Ankle we treat painful conditions that come with bunions regularly and recommend scheduling a visit as soon as possible if you have the symptoms.
Take a look at the causes
Foot problems and bunions themselves can start as soon as your early 20’s. As you get older your feet do spread in areas which tend to cause unwanted issues. Not so good structure of your feet can be the main cause or it could just be something that runs in your family. Bunions are seen in women more often than man as well. Why? For the sake of style. Shoes with high heels and tight frames will push the bones to your feet over time eventually resulting in pain.
Now for the Symptoms
Time to take off your socks and examine your feet. If you see a rather large bump on the inside of your big toe probably heading in the opposite direction…You may just have a bunion. All sorts of different things can happen with your bunions like redness or a warm to touch feeling. But not to worry by the end of this article we will give you an option to have your bunions looked at!
What to do if you have Bunions
First things first. Talk to your doctor and see what has caused the bunions. The treatment given to you will depend entirely on the cause of the bunions. There are a few different options to explore for treatment. A few of those include shoes, surgery, and medication. If you’re not really sure where to turn in this case contact us and we can schedule a convenient time for you to come in and visit one of our doctors.
From here on out whether you have bunions or not a few good precautionary measures is all it takes to prevent them. Try not to wear shoes that squeeze or hug your front toes too tight. Also, make sure that your shoes fit properly is a huge plus to avoid bunions. Always keep track over time of your feet shape around your big toes because you may be able to catch bunions early on before they begin to cause you any type of unwanted pain.