What’s that bump on the side of my big toe?
The most likely culprit for a bump on the big toe is what is known as a bunion. Bunions form over time when the big toe pushes against the other toes causing the joint to protrude the incorrect way. This results in a painful bump on the side of your big toe.
The biggest risk factor for developing a bunion is poor foot structure. Wearing shoes that fit too tightly, for instance close-toed high heels, can aggravate the condition. Some methods of treating bunions may include changing footwear, taping and padding the foot, taking a pain reliever such as Acetaminophen (only if recommended by your doctor), and wearing custom orthotics inside the shoes.
Bunions are typically treated conservatively, but in some cases surgery might be a necessary option. Call Dr. Rahn Ravenell and Dr. Tamika Ravenell today to find out what treatment would best suit your condition.
What causes bunions?
Bunion causes can vary from person to person. The reason that bunions develop is due to extra pressure on the big toe joint, which causes the bone to jut outward. There are different things that can cause this pressure including poor foot structure, foot injuries, and foot deformities that are present at birth. Poorly fitted shoes can make a bunion progress more rapidly.
Choosing the right footwear is crucial to stop the development of a bunion. Pick a shoe that has a wide toe box with lots of wiggle room and a less narrow insole. People who are at a higher risk of developing these bumps include women and people with a history of bunions in their family.
For more questions regarding bunions, call Dr. Rahn Ravenell or schedule an appointment online to visit Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC. We are here to help keep you bunion-free.
Can stretching relieve bunion pain?
Bunions are bumps on the side of the big toe that occur when your toes squeeze together and force the joint in the big toe to jut outward. There are no exercises that can get rid of a bunion, but there is stretching you can do that will relieve bunion pain. Stretching your toes can create more flexibility, which helps with pain. Flexing them against a hard surface is a good way to get in a good stretch. You could also try resistance exercises, rolling a ball under your toes and arches, and even taking a barefoot walk on the beach. These help your feet and toes to become stronger and more flexible and can ease your bunion pain.
Call Dr. Rahn Ravenell to schedule an appointment at Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC. We can help relieve your discomfort from this toe deformity and discuss further treatment options.
Do I need bunion surgery?
If you are suffering from a painful bump on the side of your big toe, and conservative methods such as physical therapy, taping, and using an orthotic have not solved the problem, it may be time for surgery. Usually surgery is necessary when the pain begins to interfere with your daily activities, or if it is causing a deformity in another area of the foot. There are several different types of surgery or different degrees of severity.
If you are suffering from a bunion and would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options, give Dr. Rahn Ravenell a call today or schedule your appointment online. Coastal Podiatry, LLC is equipped to deal with all of your podiatric needs, even the most stubborn of bunions. Call now and don’t suffer unnecessarily any longer.