Bunions, those bony protrusions that form at the base of the big toe, can be both painful and unsightly. Recognizing the symptoms of bunions is essential to address this common foot condition effectively. One of the most apparent signs is the visible bump on the side of the big toe, which may be accompanied by redness and swelling. Bunions often cause pain, which can range from mild to severe, especially when wearing tight shoes or engaging in activities that put pressure on the affected area. Over time, the big toe may start to deviate towards the other toes, causing further discomfort and potentially leading to complications like hammertoes. Apart from the physical symptoms, bunions can impact daily life by limiting choice of footwear and causing difficulty in finding comfortable, supportive shoes. Early intervention can help alleviate pain and prevent the condition from worsening, making it vital to recognize the signs and seek professional advice from a podiatrist to address bunions and regain foot comfort and functionality. If you see symptoms of a bunion developing, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer you various forms of relief and effective treatment methods.
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?
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