What is a Bunion?
A bunion, also known as hallux abducto valgus, is the angulation of the first metatarsal bone and its respective toe bone that typically angles in a V type shape and the toe points toward the second and third toes. It typically takes many years for this to develop.
This condition is hereditary, as the foot structure that predisposes us to this condition is what we inherit from our family.
What Causes Bunions?
Bunions are caused by improper foot mechanics which causes instability and hypermobility of the first ray of bones which unlocks the structure of the foot and allows the muscles to pull the bones out of position.
What Does Bunion Pain Feel Like?
Typically, patients with bunions don’t often have pain, however, it can look unsightly, and can be uncomfortable in certain shoes especially for women. However, a red swollen circular spot can form on the side of the joint, called a bursa. It can get inflamed and irritated and can come very quickly. Sometimes the joint can get sore and irritated and stiff as well.
How To Treat Bunions?
Often many doctors believe foot surgery is the only option, however, there are many conservative things you can do to alleviate the pain as well. To stop the progression and improve function we include orthotic devices, shoe changes, padding, massages, and foot exercises prescribed by the doctor. When conservative options fail, then there are numerous surgical procedures that are available to realign the toe and joint.
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