Bunions affect about 25% of men and women. These bony growths often grow very slowly, eventually presenting symptoms like pain, swelling, and irritation. With help from your podiatrist, you can overcome your bunion pain for good. Learn more about bunions and what you can do about them with your doctors at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM.
How can I tell I have a bunion?
Bunions present themselves as a lump or growth on the inside of the base of the big toe. This lump grows slowly and usually starts out painless and becomes more painful and irritated over time. Due to its location, the body’s full weight lands on the bunion with every step. Over time, this leads to severe pain from bearing the body’s weight and irritation from shoes failing to fit the new shape of the foot. Bunion growth is often related to wearing tight, narrow, high-heeled, or ill-fitting shoes, but can also form due to genetics.
What can I do about my bunions?
Thanks to their slow growth, mild cases of bunions may simply require monitoring and prevention techniques to keep bunion growth under control. Wearing more comfortable shoes with a wide enough toe box to comfortably fit your feet is often enough to significantly slow down the growth of bunions. Padding placed inside of the shoe protects the bunion from irritation from rubbing against the shoe. More severe cases of bunions require bunion surgery known medically as a bunionectomy.
Bunion Surgery in Albuquerque, NM
Bunionectomy removes the bunion and, if necessary, realigns and straightens the toes and their connective tissues. Bunion surgery is usually an outpatient procedure which lasts several hours and requires several weeks to months of recovery time. After surgery, the patient wears a special boot and uses crutches to ensure proper healing and to keep the surgical site safe.
For more information on bunions or treatment, 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 foot examination today!