While it may begin seemingly innocent, bunions can cause serious pain and discomfort down the line. However, many patients do not even realize they suffer from this condition until it is too late to prevent it from becoming worse or uncomfortable. Luckily, your podiatrist can help you understand the symptoms of a bunion, how to prevent their growth, and what you can do to find relief. Find out more about bunions with Dr. Joseph Treadwell, Dr. Christian Davis, and Dr. Rihamary Jimenez at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Connecticut with locations in Plainville, Danbury, and New Milford, CT.
Do I have a bunion?
A bunion is a bony growth located at the base of the big toe. The bunion, which grows outward on the inside edge of the foot, causes the toes to grow toward the smallest toe toward the outside of the foot. Eventually, the toes begin to overlap, causing other conditions like corns and calluses where they touch and rub together. Bunions usually begin painlessly, then become uncomfortable over time. Due to their location, they take the brunt of the body’s weight, becoming painful over time. Additionally, bunions tend to rub the inside of the shoe, causing irritation.
Can I prevent a bunion?
To prevent or slow a bunion’s growth, some patients should simply change the type of shoes they wear. Bunions are linked to ill-fitting shoes, whether they be too-tight, too-narrow, or high-heeled. Wear shoes that allow your toes to lay flat and have ample room for the width of your foot. Additionally, see your podiatrist for regular foot examinations to ensure that you do not need further treatment for your bunion.
Bunion Treatments in Plainville, Danbury, and New Milford
When a bunion is in its early stages, simply using prevention methods like wearing different shoes may slow its growth enough to keep it from becoming uncomfortable. However, bunions in their later stages may require a surgery called bunionectomy to remove the growth and realign the toes. Your podiatrist can help you seek out the best bunion treatment for you.
For more information on bunions or their treatments, please contact Dr. Treadwell, Dr. Davis, and Dr. Jimenez at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Connecticut with locations in Plainville, Danbury, and New Milford, CT. Call (860) 747-2200 to schedule an appointment in Plainville, (203) 748-2220 to schedule an appointment in Danbury, or (860) 355-3139 to schedule an appointment in New Milford.