Bunions are one of the most frequent problems we see in our office. People often have the misconception that nothing can be done about this painful, foot deforming condition. By the time they see a podiatrist their bunions are so advanced that they require surgery. You may have noticed that bump on the side of your big toe and wondered if you have a bunion.
As a Seattle podiatrist my advice is stop wondering and make an appointment. Bunions do progress. If you have one, there are many things that we can do to stop the condition from worsening.
First you might be wondering, what is this condition and why me?
A bunion is a bone deformity caused by an enlargement of the joint just to the side and base of your big toe. Bunions form when the toe moves out of place. Eventually the big toe angles toward the other toes sometimes causing one toe to overlap another causing hammertoe. With bunions what starts out as a minor irritation can become chronic foot pain as your bunion grows larger and your foot becomes more deformed.
Although bunions aren’t hereditary they do run in families due to faulty foot structure. Tight and improper footwear can worsen the condition.
What can be done?
The goals of treatment are to reduce your pain and stop the progression of the condition. Protective padding, use of inserts or orthotics, and teaching you about the proper types of footwear used in the conservative treatment of bunions. In more extreme cases bunion surgery may be required.
Can I be at risk? I’m only in my 20s.
Yes! Although I typically seen bunions in older adults, most bunions start at an early age. I’ve seen some pretty advanced cases in people in their 20s that required surgery.
To make an appointment to have your bunion evaluated call 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.