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Possible Relief Methods For Bunions

A bunion is defined as a bone that grows on the side of the big toe. It is often a nuisance, and wearing shoes may become difficult. Symptoms can include redness, swelling, and corns that may form on top of the bunion as a result of excess friction. The common reason patients may develop bunions is wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, or bunions may form due to genetics. Some patients find mild relief when a protective pad is worn over the bunion, and when supportive shoes are worn. Additionally, wearing custom made orthotics may bring the relief that is needed. In severe cases, surgery may be an option to consider for permanent removal. If you have bunions, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Princeton Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Princeton and West Windsor, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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