Bunions are bone deformities that are caused by an enlargement of the base and side of the big toe joint. They form when the toe itself moves out of place. This enlargement can cause pressure and friction when it rubs against foot wear. The pain or discomfort you feel can be dealt with by our Abingdon, Maryland podiatrists.
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Over time, the movement of this big toe will angle in toward the other toes. This growing enlargement will cause inflammation and irritation when it is untreated. In some severe cases, the big toe will actually rotate or twist toward the second toe. Many people who have a bunion in Abingdon, Maryland, suffer from discomfort as well as pain from rubbing and friction. The skin over the toe can become tender and red. Ultimately, the bigger the bunion gets, the more it will hurt to walk. If left untreated for a long period of time, arthritis or bursitis will set in.
One of the leading causes of developing bunions is wearing shoes that are too tight. Foot injuries, flat feet, pronated feet or neuro muscular problems all can contribute to them too. Because they are bone deformities, bunions will not resolve on their own. The goal for bunion treatment from is to relieve the pressure and pain and to stop the growth of the enlargement itself.
Some treatment methods for bunions include:
- Protective padding
- Custom footwear/orthotics
- Exercises to encourage joint mobility
- Splints for nighttime wear
- Surgery (for severe cases that these other treatments don’t help)
A bunionectomy is advised in severe cases in order to remove the bunion and to realign the toe properly. If you want to get help for your bunions in Abingdon, Maryland, today, call 410-569-0445 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Block and Dr. Monica Cooney.