They start out benignly enough, but over time, bunions can cause incredible discomfort, to say nothing of their unwelcome appearance. At Pomona Valley Podiatry Group, Brian O'Neill, DPM, has extensive experience helping his patients in Pomona, California, deal with painful and unsightly bunions, setting their feet right again. To learn more, call or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.
Bunions are bony protrusions that develop at the base of your big toe. The bony bumps form at your joint as your big toe pushes into your second toe, going underneath or over the top of the second toe in its later stages. The condition is not one that goes away on its own, often growing more pronounced as you get older, and it can disrupt your entire line of toes by shifting them over.
Bunions are also far more than just an aesthetic concern. Because these bumps stick out, they’re prone to trauma, which only exacerbates the condition by adding inflammation to the area. This leads to tenderness that responds painfully to the slightest touch, never mind wearing snug shoes.
While the exact cause of bunions is unknown, there are a number of contributing factors, including:
While the jury is still out as to whether some of these factors cause bunions, especially when it comes to shoes (think women’s heels with pointy toes), they certainly play a significant role in the onset and degree of the problem.
More important is finding a solution to these painful growths that allow your feet to function normally again -- and look better in sandals.
The answer to this question depends upon the degree of your bunions and how much they interfere with your life. During your initial consultation with Dr. O'Neill, he performs a visual exam of your foot and then orders X-rays. From this imaging, he determines the extent to which your surrounding bones may be affected and he decides on the best course of action with the primary goal of relieving your pain.
If your bunions are minor, Dr. O’Neill may suggest that you wear a splint, use orthotics, and change your footwear to allow more room for your toes. If your bunions continue to get worse, Dr. O’Neill may turn to a bunionectomy to solve the problem.
During a bunionectomy, the doctor has several options depending on your unique situation. During the outpatient procedure, the doctor may:
If you’d like to find relief from bunion pain, call Pomona Valley Podiatry Group, or use the online booking tool to request an appointment.