Bunions are a bony protrusion on the side of the foot near the base of the big toe. Bunions can cause pain and discomfort throughout the day as they rub against the inside of the shoes, which causes friction and inflammation. Several treatment options are available. We can help you manage your bunions at Stonestown Podiatry Group in San Francisco, CA. Our experienced podiatrists, Dr. Daniel Alberts, Dr. Richard Rolfes, and Dr. Jasper Lee, can discuss different treatment options with you.
What are Bunions?
A bunion is a bone deformity that develops on the side of the foot just below the big toe. The joint connecting the big toe to the foot is known as the metatarsophalangeal joint. When this joint moves out of place, it causes the big toe to slant toward the smaller ones. This movement also causes the metatarsophalangeal joint to protrude at the side of the foot and form a bunion. Friction produced from footwear rubbing against the feet can irritate and inflame bunions, which leads to discomfort and pain.
Bunions will not heal without treatment. They can also lead to other foot problems over time. For example, untreated bunions can eventually lead to the development of hammertoe, which is another foot condition associated with toe deformities. Additionally, bunions can also lead to the development of bursitis or arthritis in the feet. At our office in San Francisco, CA, our podiatrists can recommend treatments for alleviating bunion pain, correcting the condition, and preventing further foot problems.
Treatments to Manage Bunions
One of the main causes of bunions is wearing tight-fitting shoes that squeeze the toes together. Wearing footwear with enough room for the toes to move can help prevent bunions. For patients with bunions, wearing supportive shoes with sufficient room and cushioning can help reduce friction and minimize the discomfort it causes. There are many ways to treat bunions, including:
In some cases, surgery might be needed to effectively treat bunions and prevent additional foot problems. Bunion surgery, referred to as bunionectomy, can be performed to remove bunions and realign the metatarsophalangeal toe joint so bunions do not form again.
We can help you manage your bunions. Dr. Alberts, Dr. Rolfes, or Dr. Lee can develop a treatment plan specifically for you. To schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists, call Stonestown Podiatry Group in San Francisco at (415) 731-6700.
A bunion happens when the joint at the base of the big toe becomes enlarged. Wearing narrow shoes can cause bunions. Bunions can also develop as a result of an inherited structural defect, or a health condition, such as arthritis. Dr. Daniel Alberts, Dr. Richard Rolfes and Dr. Jasper Lee at Stonestown Podiatry Group, which is located in San Francisco, CA, offer a full range of podiatric services. Read on to learn about treatment options for bunions.
1. Padding & Taping- Bunion treatment often begins with padding and taping. Padding the bunion will alleviate your pain and allow you to continue a normal, active life. Taping the bunion will keep your foot in a normal position, thus reducing pressure and discomfort. This will also help prevent your bunion from getting worse.
2. Custom Orthotics- Podiatrists use orthotics to treat foot problems. Many individuals rely on orthotics to keep their feet in their most efficient alignment, prevent injuries, reduce pain, and increase efficiency. Custom-made orthotic devices can be a valuable treatment for bunions. Orthotics are footbeds or inserts that are inserted into shoes. Orthotics can prevent the progression of bunions and alleviate pain.
3. Steroid Injections- Cortisone shots, or steroid shots, can reduce your pain temporarily by reducing inflammation. The injections usually comprise a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. You can get steroid injections at your podiatrist's office.
4. Bunion Surgery- If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may recommend surgery to treat your bunion. The surgery is called bunionectomy. A bunionectomy is performed to excise, or remove a bunion and to realign the toe.
Don't let a bunion knock you off your feet. Call Stonestown Podiatry Group at (415) 731-6700 today to schedule a consultation in San Francisco, CA. We can help you get rid of that bunion once and for all.