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Understanding the Origins and Telltale Signs of a Bunion

Bunions, a prevalent foot condition, can cast a shadow on even the most graceful strides. A bunion, or hallux valgus, emerges when the joint at the base of the big toe shifts out of alignment, causing the toe to lean toward the other toes. The reasons why bunions may develop can vary, often stemming from genetic predisposition. Additionally, wearing ill-fitting footwear that squeezes the toes, or conditions that impact foot mechanics may lead to getting a bunion. The symptoms manifest as a bony bump at the base of the big toe, accompanied by pain, swelling, and redness. As the condition progresses, the affected toe may cross over or under the adjacent toe, causing discomfort and it can be difficult to find comfortable shoes. Recognizing the definition, causes, and symptoms of bunions is crucial in seeking the correct treatment. If you have a bunion, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the relief and treatment options that are best for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. Royall of Mountain View Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lehi, UT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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