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Bunions treatment in Houston

Bunions

Bumps found on the side of the big toe are called bunions or hallux valgus or hallux abducto valgus. These bumps indicate a change in the framework of the front foot. You find the big tow leaning towards the second toe and not pointing straight ahead.

This leads to the foot bones going out of alignment to produce the bunion’s bump. All this occurs progressively, where while symptoms appear at later stages, some people don’t experience any symptoms at all.

Causes

Bunions usually arise from an inherited faulty foot structure that makes a person prone to developing them. Though shoes that crowd toes don’t cause bunions, it does make the deformity worse.

Symptoms

There may be pain or soreness at the bunion site, along with a burning sensation, inflammation and redness. There is also a possibility of one experiencing some numbness at the bullion site.

These symptoms get aggravated when one wears shoes that crowd the toes like tight toe box shoes and high heels. This is why women are more prone to developing bunion symptoms than men. Even extended hours of standing on the feet aggravate its symptoms.

Diagnosis

Though bunions are apparent at the base of the big toe or side of the foot, the doctor has to take an x-ray to diagnose them and any changes in the foot structure. As they are progressive in nature, they don’t actually go away, but get worse with time. Moreover not all bunions progress at the same rate, some progress faster than others. Doctors thus have to provide individual treatment to individual patients.

Non-surgical treatment

Most of the time, all that is required to treat bunions is its observation. With the help of x-rays and periodic evaluation, your surgeon will be able to reduce the damage to the joint. However, sometime, early treatment may be required to reduce its pain, but it won’t help in reversing them.
These include:

  • Wearing the right shoes with wide toe box and forgetting shoes with pointed toes and high heels as they only aggravate the condition.
  • Placing some padding on the bunion helps minimize pain. This padding is available at a drug store or your surgeon.
  • Avoiding doing anything that may cause bunion pains like standing for long periods of time.
  • Applying ice pack on the bunion several times a day reduces pain and inflammation.
  • Taking oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen helps in reducing pain and inflammation.

If all this fails in providing relief from bunion pain, your surgeon may suggest surgical options to remove bunions, to change the foot’s bone structure or correct any soft tissue changes that occur. All this is done with the intention of reducing pain.

Bunions

Bumps found on the side of the big toe are called bunions or hallux valgus or hallux abducto valgus. These bumps indicate a change in the framework of the front foot. You find the big tow leaning towards the second toe and not pointing straight ahead.

This leads to the foot bones going out of alignment to produce the bunion’s bump. All this occurs progressively, where while symptoms appear at later stages, some people don’t experience any symptoms at all.

Causes

Bunions usually arise from an inherited faulty foot structure that makes a person prone to developing them. Though shoes that crowd toes don’t cause bunions, it does make the deformity worse.

Symptoms

There may be pain or soreness at the bunion site, along with a burning sensation, inflammation and redness. There is also a possibility of one experiencing some numbness at the bullion site.

These symptoms get aggravated when one wears shoes that crowd the toes like tight toe box shoes and high heels. This is why women are more prone to developing bunion symptoms than men. Even extended hours of standing on the feet aggravate its symptoms.

Diagnosis

Though bunions are apparent at the base of the big toe or side of the foot, the doctor has to take an x-ray to diagnose them and any changes in the foot structure. As they are progressive in nature, they don’t actually go away, but get worse with time. Moreover not all bunions progress at the same rate, some progress faster than others. Doctors thus have to provide individual treatment to individual patients.

Non-surgical treatment

Most of the time, all that is required to treat bunions is its observation. With the help of x-rays and periodic evaluation, your surgeon will be able to reduce the damage to the joint. However, sometime, early treatment may be required to reduce its pain, but it won’t help in reversing them.
These include:

  • Wearing the right shoes with wide toe box and forgetting shoes with pointed toes and high heels as they only aggravate the condition.
  • Placing some padding on the bunion helps minimize pain. This padding is available at a drug store or your surgeon.
  • Avoiding doing anything that may cause bunion pains like standing for long periods of time.
  • Applying ice pack on the bunion several times a day reduces pain and inflammation.
  • Taking oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen helps in reducing pain and inflammation.

If all this fails in providing relief from bunion pain, your surgeon may suggest surgical options to remove bunions, to change the foot’s bone structure or correct any soft tissue changes that occur. All this is done with the intention of reducing pain.

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