Can Bunion Surgery Treat Your Foot Pain?

Bunions are little things that can cause big problems! If you are having toe or foot pain, a bunion may be the reason – but there is help available. Here are some facts about bunions and what causes them, as well as some information on what you can do about them.

What are bunions?

Bunions are bony bumps. Larger ones typically develop at the base of the big toe, and smaller ones may develop on your little toe. Bunions develop slowly and may eventually get so large that they stick out noticeably and then cause your toe to move in and overlap the other toes.

You may notice this bump, and you may also notice redness, swelling, pain, and difficulty moving the toe with the bunion. You may also develop corns or calluses at the point where toes rub together.

What causes bunions?

Bunions may be an inherited problem. They may also develop because of arthritis or a foot injury. The kind of shoes you wear can also make bunions develop or make them worse; for instance, shoes that don’t fit properly and are too narrow or tight can cram the toes together and eventually cause bunions.

How are bunions treated?

Nonsurgical treatments for bunions include changing the kind of shoes you wear – the roomier the better. Bunion pads that you can get at your local drug store can also help by providing a buffer between the bunion and your shoe. Over-the-counter medicine and an ice pack can help to relieve the pain and the swelling.

However, if these simple treatments don’t work and your bunion pain is interfering with your daily life, your doctor may recommend surgery. In bunion surgery, the doctor removes the swollen tissue from around the joint and smooths out the bone.

Bunion surgery can get rid of foot pain and can get you back to enjoying life. You’ll be back to walking without pain, and you can even wear your regular shoes shortly after the procedure. You don’t have to live with pain from a bunion – contact Specialty Orthopaedics in Harrison, New York, to schedule a consultation today. Call 914-686-0111!

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