Is there a knob on the side of your big toe? Is it hard and bony? If that's the case, you may have a bunion and your Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, podiatrists can help.
Bunions can affect your walking because of friction and pressure that makes it painful to walk.
Do you have bunion(s)?
If you start to notice the joint of your big toe becoming larger, then you may be suffering from a bunion. Bunion protrusions can be very painful and other issues such as flat feet, foot injuries, and neuromuscular problems may contribute to their formation.
What causes bunions?
The problem with bunions is that they can cause the formation of other toe deformities, such as:
Here are some reasons bunions are formed:
- Tight, narrow shoes and high heels
- Occupational foot stress
- Genetics and foot type
- Foot trauma, or injury
- Rheumatoid arthritis
How do you treat bunions?
Your Hackensack and Montvale doctor may recommend an orthotic device designed to keep your toe in the proper position. If your doctor needs to take a more invasive approach, they may do the following:
- Straightening your foot and big toe
- Remove some bone in the big toe
- Remove swollen tissue around the joint
- Fuse your big toe joints together
Before resorting to surgery, there are conservative methods to help treat bunions, such as:
- Taping foot to support bunion and cushioning it
- Wearing shoe inserts, or padding to cushion bunion and reduce friction
- Changing to wide, supportive shoes, or sandals, instead of tight, narrow shoes
Bunions are painful to deal with. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, just call your Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, podiatrists today at 201-488-3668.