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A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the base of the big toe just under the joint. Bunions form when your big toe pushes against your next toe, which forces the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out. Wearing tight and narrow shoes might cause bunions or it might make them worse. Bunions can also develop as a result of an inherited structural defect, stress on your foot, or a medical condition, such as arthritis. Smaller bunions, which are called bunionettes, can develop on the joints of your smaller toes.
Most of the time, bunions can be treated with conservative methods. These methods can include simple options such as changing the shoes you wear, which allows your toes more room to breathe and to move. You can also pad, tape, or splint your toes to keep them from unnatural curvature. The use of ice on the affected area might also help relieve some of the pain. Sometimes, custom-made orthotic devices can be used to take the pressure off of your toes and to make walking less painful. Your doctor might also recommend the use of anti-inflammatory non-steroid medications to relieve pain.
If you have exhausted conservative treatment options, surgery may be necessary in order to fix your bunion. There are different types of surgeries that can be done to relieve the pain caused by bunions. This can include removing the swollen tissue, straightening the big toe by removing parts of the bone, realigning the toe bones, and permanently joining the bones of the affected joint. Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina specializes in bunion surgery. Give us a call and stop pain in its tracks.
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