By Podiatry Services of CNY, PC
May 22, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion  

You tend to take for granted simple things like walking around until they become too painful to do so. A bunion is just one culprit in making simple actions more difficult. At Podiatry Services of CNY in North Syracuse, NY, your podiatrists, Dr. David Arndt and Dr. Justin Beabes, can diagnose and treat painful bunions.

What is a Bunion?

This bone deformity occurs when the joint at the base and side of the big toe enlarges, causing the toe to move out of place and suffer from friction and pressure against footwear. Over time, the big toe angles toward the other toes, sometimes overlapping a third toe. This results in irritation, inflammation, and even the development of other toe deformities, such as hammertoe.

What are the Symptoms That One May Experience?

  • Discomfort and pain from the constant irritation, rubbing, and friction against shoes
  • Skin over the toe becoming red and tender
  • Thickening of the skin on the bottom of the foot
  • Sharp pain while walking

How to Avoid Bunion Formation

Avoid wearing shoes that are too tight. Instead, opt for wider toebox shoes to give your toes space to wiggle around. Also, make sure to wear comfortable shoes that fit right and avoid heels. Furthermore, if you do have a bunion, wear protective padding to lessen friction against shoes.

While bunions may be hereditary, there may be other ways to avoid or deal with already-existing bunions:

  • Removal of corns and calluses on the foot.
  • Orthotic devices—both over-the-counter and custom made—to help stabilize the joint while walking and standing.
  • Exercises to prevent stiffness or arthritis.
  • Splints for nighttime wear.

Do You Need Bunion Treatment?

If you need to speak with your podiatrist about bunions and how to deal with them, contact Podiatry Services of CNY of Syracuse, NY, by calling (315) 458-1777.