Foot-related conditions like bunions often grow slowly over a long period of time and do not cause any obvious issues until they are in their most advanced stages. However, recognizing a bunion and getting treatment early can help you decrease the chances of ever getting to this point and ensure that your feet remain healthy for years to come. Find out more about bunions and how your podiatrist can help with Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachary Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a bony growth located at the base of the big toe. The growth presents itself as a lump on the inside of the foot. Bunions grow slowly, usually over many years, and often do not cause problems until they reach their more advanced stages. Many people do not even know they have a bunion until their doctor spots it.
What causes bunions?
They are can be related to the type of foot you inherit and the type of shoes you tend to wear. High-heeled, too-narrow, or too-tight shoes contribute to bunion development and can cause them to grow larger, whereas wearing more comfortable shoes with a wide toe-box can help decrease or even stop their rate of growth.
Do I have a bunion?
Bunions do not always produce symptoms. However, as the condition advances, you may notice one or more of the following:
- a lump or bump at the base of the big toe
- discomfort around the base of the big toe
- swelling or redness around the bunion
- decreased range of motion in the big toe
- overlapping first and second toes
- corns or calluses on the toes where they overlap
- persistent or intermittent pain
Bunion Treatments in Albuquerque, NM
Treating a bunion depends almost entirely on its severity. Bunions in their earliest stages may require only lifestyle changes such as wearing different shoes or losing weight to treat their symptoms or even slow or stop their growth. However, bunions in their later stages may require a surgery called a bunionectomy. This procedure removes the bunion altogether and, if necessary, realigns the toes to their proper positions. Your doctor can help you determine which treatment is best for your bunion.
For more information on bunions, please contact Dr. Mark Haas, Dr. Zachary Haas, and Dr. Matthew Cobb at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM. Call (505) 247-4164 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!