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Does The Side Of Your Big Toe Poke Out?

If So, You May Be Suffering From A Bunion Deformity
People who experience pain on the side of their big toe may be suffering from a bunion problem. Most of the pain occurs when they wear tight-fitting shoes, walking, running or any strenuous physical activity. The most common treatment for bunion deformities is wearing shoe gear modification or orthoses. If that doesn’t work, surgery could be the next step. Choosing the right doctor to have the knowledge is important. At Metroplex Foot and Ankle, we have the knowledge of the level of deformity you may have and discuss if surgery is an option. If you have received a diagnosis or recommendation for surgery from another doctor, please contact us for a complimentary second opinion.

What Causes Bunion Deformity?
The proper term for the classic bunion is Hallux Abductovalgus, and it is a bump that pokes out on the side of the big toe. This is a deviation of the first metatarsal bone on the head; this will also cause more space between the big toe and the second toe. Abnormal foot structure and mechanics are normally the cause of bunions. As the problem gets more severe, certain tendons will start to pull which will lead to the movement of the big toe towards the second toe. At this point, adaptation of the joint itself occurs.

What Are The Symptoms Related To Bunion Deformity? 
Pain and discomfort on the side of the big toe are the most common symptoms of bunion deformities. Leather that is stiff or not broken in will aggravate the bunions. Women who wear pointy shoes will experience discomfort because their toes are being forced into a small spot, reshaping the way the toes function. The bunions will become swollen and red from the rubbing of the toe against the side of the shoe. If the problem is severe enough a bursa may form. A bursa is a fluid filled sac over the bunion due to the inflammation. This is not necessarily bad for a bursa to form because it protects the cushion of the bone, but if it becomes acutely inflamed it can lead to bursitis.

How Do You Treat A Bunion Deformity?
At Metroplex Foot and Ankle we suggest wearing a more rounded and deeper toe box made of a softer material, this will provide immediate relief.  Our doctors also suggest the use of pads and cushions to ease the pressure that is being applied to the bone that may cause mild bunion deformities. A functional foot orthotic will help control the progression of the deformities and will reduce the pain as well. If your deformity is too severe then surgery may be the next step. The doctors at Metroplex Foot and Ankle have the knowledge to take the proper X-Rays to determine the complexity of the surgery needed. Some doctors will simply shave the bump down, but this is not a proper solution. Shaving down the bone will only delay the problems. Proper procedures may be to cut the bone and realign the first metatarsal bone.

No matter the severity of your bunion deformity, Metroplex Foot and Ankle has a solution for you and to get you out of pain as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment today!

Metroplex Foot and Ankle is a progressive group of physicians and surgeons who are committed to helping our patients to achieve their full wellness potential. Contact our Dallas Podiatrist, Garland Podiatrist, or Richardson Podiatrist offices to schedule an appointment today.

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