A bunion is a “bump” on the side of your foot, at the base of the big toe. It forms when the bone or tissue at the joint moves out of place. If it is red, swollen, or painful, it is inflamed.
How do bunions develop?
Blame your genetics first! Bunions tend to run in families, specifically among those who have a foot type prone to developing a bunion. Your footwear choices also play a role. Wearing shoes that are too tight or cause the toes to be squeezed together, like many stylish pointed-toe shoes, can worsen a bunion.
What treatments are available?
Anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone injections can be prescribed to ease acute pain and inflammation.
Orthotics (shoe inserts) may be useful in controlling foot function to prevent worsening and relieve the stress around a bunion.
- Surgery is sometimes needed to repair a structural deformity. This depends on your unique situation, and x-rays assist in making this determination.
For an evaluation of your bunion (or that of a loved one), please call our office at 847-675-3400 or schedule your appointment online at www.skokiepodiatry.com. (We have an x-ray in our office if needed.)