Bunions often start out as a small bump on the side of your big toe, but if you don’t get treatment, they can grow quite large and may even cause damage to your other toes. At Beverly Hills Foot & Ankle, you can avoid bunion complications with the professional guidance of Dr. Nisha Krishnan, DPM, to help you escape bunion pain and other problems. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.
Bunions are an abnormal bone growth in your metatarsophalangeal joint, which is at the bottom of your big toe. They're often painful, and make wearing some types of shoes very challenging.
Bunions develop when your big toe pushes inwards, towards your other toes. The reason that your big toe gravitates inward is often related to footwear. High heels and other shoes with tight, pointed toes often cause bunions which is why they're more common among women.
You may also tend to develop bunions if one or both of your parents had them. You don't necessarily inherit bunions themselves, but you do inherit foot mechanics from your parents, and poor foot mechanics can make you vulnerable to bunions.
Because bunions are bone deformities, they won't resolve without treatment. To avoid further pain and frustration, it's important to get customized treatment from a specialized podiatrist like Dr. Krishnan at Beverly Hills Foot & Ankle.
Dr. Krishnan's approach to bunion treatment is twofold: She works to relieve your current symptoms while curbing further bunion growth.
Some of the most common bunion treatments include:
If none of these solutions work for you, Dr. Krishnan may recommend bunion surgery. During a bunionectomy, Dr. Krishnan removes the bunion so your big toe can naturally return to its proper place. If your toe's severely misaligned, Dr. Krishnan may need to reposition the joint during surgery.
There are several things you can do to prevent bunions again in the future. First, choose the right footwear. Shoes with plenty of toe room can help you avoid bunions. In general, this means going for rounded or square toe boxes rather than pointed or narrow ones.
It's also important to make sure that your shoes give you plenty of support since this prevents you from putting too much pressure on any one part of your foot while standing or walking.