You’ve likely heard of a bunion, but do you know exactly what it is? Those who have bunions suffer from a foot deformity that is due to mechanical imbalance and stress that occurs to the joint of the big toe. Women more commonly suffer from bunions as opposed to men, and they are usually inherited. If you suffer from bunions, you will know it, as symptoms can be painful and include swelling, redness, corns, calluses and difficult wearing shoes. Visiting our podiatrists is essential in treating and removing bunions before pain, arthritis or a deformity occurs.
When to Get Surgery
If you have bunions, you’ll have to decide when the right time to get surgery is. As a general rule of thumb, our team at Alpine Foot Specialists recommends that you get surgery as soon as the pain starts to interrupt with daily activities.
Is Surgery Always the Answer?
An office evaluation at regular intervals can help determine whether or not your bunion is progressing. If the progression hits a certain point, it can cause irreversible damage to your joint. Our team can help monitor the development of your bunion.
Can the Bunion Return?
In some cases, the bunion may end up returning after surgery is completed. In order to reduce your risk of this happening, make sure that you follow directions on how to care for your bunion after surgery, including wearing arch support or custom orthotics.
If you are suffering from painful bunions, make sure to contact our team to schedule an appointment as soon as possible! We look forward to helping you return to a pain-free life.