Bunions are a common foot condition that affect the joint at the base of the big toe. They can be painful and may cause deformity over time. Bunions form at the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint, where the big toe meets the foot. Gradually, the big toe may lean toward the second toe, causing a noticeable bump on the inside of the foot.
Common symptoms of bunions may include:
- Pain or tenderness at the MTP joint
- Swelling or redness around the joint
- Limited movement of the big toe
- Corns or calluses on the affected toe
- Difficulty finding comfortable footwear due to the deformity
The cause of bunions is not always straightforward, and they can develop due to a combination of factors. Below are some of the primary causes and contributing factors:
- Genetics: Bunions can run in families, suggesting a genetic component.
- Footwear: Ill-fitting shoes, particularly those with a narrow toe box or high heels, can contribute to bunion development.
- Foot Structure: Some people have a natural tendency to develop bunions due to the shape and alignment of their foot bones.
Treatment for bunions can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the symptoms you're experiencing. In mild cases, conservative, nonsurgical measures may be sufficient to alleviate discomfort and slow the progression of the bunion. In more severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary.
To learn more about bunions and the available treatment options, please request an appointment online or call (559) 256-5200 to schedule a consultation with one of our fellowship-trained foot doctors, Dr. Francis Glaser or Dr. Devin Mangold.
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