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Possible Causes of Bunions

The medical condition that is referred to as arthritis may contribute to the development of bunions. Additionally, bunions can occur due to genetic factors, or from wearing shoes that do not have enough room for the toes to move freely in. Bunions are defined as bony growths that form on the side of the big toe and can cause pain and discomfort. Mild relief may be found when a protective pad is worn over the bunion, and larger shoes may need to be purchased. An X-ray may be performed to determine the severity of the bunion, and if it is large, and affects daily activities, surgery may be necessary for permanent removal. If you have developed a bunion, please consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Houston Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Inner Loop, Southwest, Greater Heights, and Pearland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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