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San Antonio Podiatrists Explain What A Bunion Is

blog-4Before discussing what a bunion is, we must clarify what a bunion is not. A bunion is not a simple overgrowth of the bone at the base of the big or pinky toe. A bunion is caused by an underlying condition with the structure of your foot. The progressive disorder begins when the big toe, due to an inherited structural abnormality, begins to lean into the other toes.

This leaning of your toe misaligns the bones of your big toe, causing the bony growth of the bunion to form. As your big toe pushes farther and farther into the second toe, the bunion grows. This causes discomfort and, as the condition progresses, pain.

As experienced podiatrists in San Antonio, TX, too often we see patients who have had unsuccessful bunion surgery due to improper surgical technique. It is crucial that the surgeon address the underlying structural abnormalities, not just the bunion itself.

Causes of Bunions
The cause of bunions is a hotly debated topic. Podiatrists in San Antonio widely agree that bunions are a result of a genetic defect in the bones of your foot. However, there are some factors that can cause the condition to worsen. The most common causes of the accelerated progression of bunions include:

  • Tight or overly constrictive shoes;
  • Extended periods of time spent on your feet;
  • Activities that put excess strain on the feet, such as ballet dancing.

Treatment Options for Bunions
Proper treatment of the bunion must address not only the bony growth but the entire foot. Sometimes, underlying issues such as flat feet can accelerate bunion growth. To slow the growth and address the pain of the bunion, all causes of the bunion’s formation must be addressed. The treatment options that our San Antonio, TX, podiatrists most often recommend include:

  • Resting the affected foot or feet;
  • Wearing wider shoes, particularly those that are wider in the toe box;
  • Using anti-inflammatory medicines, such as Motrin or Advil;
  • Applying a cold pack to the affected area;
  • Toe and foot stretching exercises;
  • Orthotic devices, such as a bunion splint;
  • Custom made insoles;
  • Cortisone injections;
  • Surgical procedures.

Do Not Suffer With Your Bunion Any Longer
You can find relief from your bunion pain. Your condition is treatable, and our success rate far exceeds industry standards.

Call 210.521.2950 today to begin your journey to a life free of bunion pain.

This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our podiatry office in San Antonio would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.

We Are Committed To Personal Patient Care And Providing Advanced Podiatry Care For Foot and Ankle Conditions.

Our experienced San Antonio podiatrists can help you find relief for your foot, heel, or ankle pain. Patients in need of podiatry care can:

  1. Download our free report instantly: The Top 10 Things You Should Know When Choosing Your Podiatrist.
  2. Contact 210.692.0279 with questions or to schedule your appointment. Same day or next day appointments are available in our San Antonio podiatry offices.
  3. Use our online contact form to ask questions or address a concern.

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San Antonio, TX 78232

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San Antonio, TX 78251

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