Bunion Surgery in Ladera Ranch
While each of your toes is unique, they work closely together to assist the functioning of the foot. Their collaboration is what makes it easy for us to balance, walk and run.
However, sometimes the toes’ close nature causes problems, such as crowding, and when this happens, it can lead to the formation of a bunion.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is an enlargement of the bone and joint at the base of the big toe. This deformity can cause the big toe to point inward toward the other toes, and may also force the toes to crowd together. Crowding can cause pain and difficulty moving the toes. In severe cases, it may be difficult to walk. To make matters worse, bunions are a progressive condition, meaning they will gradually get worse over time.
A similar bump can happen on the smallest toe. This is referred to as a tailor’s bunion or a bunionette.
High Heel Hazards
There is no single cause of bunions. They may be caused by an inherited foot type or injury. People with flat feet or rolling inwards (pronation) of the foot are more prone to developing bunions, as are those with arthritis.
Although wearing ill-fitting shoes doesn’t inherently cause the problem, it may exacerbate it. This is especially true of high heels, which force the toes into unnatural positions and put extra pressure on the foot. Ditch the high heels and start putting comfort and your foot health first over fashion!
Send Discomfort on a Detour
The best way to avoid bunions is to choose comfortable, well-fitting shoes. This may seem like an obvious solution, but it’s often overlooked. Shoes that are too tight or have high heels can contribute to the formation of bunions.
Try to avoid shoes with pointed toes, as they can put undue pressure on the big toe joint. Instead, opt for shoes with a wide toe box that won’t squeeze your toes together. If you already have a bunion, special orthotic shoes or custom orthotics will help alleviate some of the pain and pressure. Medication and splints can also be prescribed to help relieve symptoms.
When conservative treatments like these fail to relieve pain, bunion surgery may be recommended. Bunion surgery is a very effective way to correct the deformity and alleviate pain. However, it’s a big decision that should not be taken lightly. You need to think through how foot surgery will change your schedule for a while. Be sure to discuss all of your options with our doctors before making a decision.
Contact Us to Learn More and Find Relief for Your Toes!
For the majority of the day, our toes are hidden in shoes and socks and we often take them for granted. However, when they’re in pain, it can be debilitating. If you’re experiencing any of the foot issues outlined above, be sure to give us a call today at (949) 364-9255 or fill out our online request form. The caring and experienced staff at our Southern California Foot & Ankle Specialists office will be more than happy to help you get back on your feet!