Bunion Surgery in Mission Viejo
Toes notoriously like to hang out in a pack of five and are usually a close bunch. Sometimes the big toe starts to get a little too close though, and drifts on over to cuddle up with its neighbor. When that happens, the whole group is thrown off and then the problems begin. With the big toe out of alignment, the joint is forced outward, thereby causing a bony protrusion called a bunion. This bothersome bump can become irritated, red, swollen, painful, and even make it difficult to wear shoes. Left untreated, the condition will only get worse. So here’s everything you need to know to keep bunions at bay.
A similar bump can happen on the smallest toe. This is referred to as a tailor’s bunion or a bunionette.
High Heel Hazards
Bunions can be an inherited trait and run in the family or be due to a weak or poor foot structure. Having arthritis can put you at risk as well, Although simply wearing ill-fitting shoes is not the actual culprit, it does not help the situation. Footwear that is too narrow or tight do not give toes enough wiggle room to lay flat and in proper alignment. Women who wear pointy-toed high heels are especially prone to have painful bunions since their feet are forced into an unnatural position with toes squished together and under constant pressure.
Send Discomfort on a Detour
If bunion pain is bringing you down, there are plenty of conservative measures you can take to ease your discomfort. First and foremost, change your shoes! Switch to a pair with a roomy, wide toe box and opt for heels less than two inches high. Slipping some inserts inside them may prove to be helpful as well. These orthotic devices can be custom-made to redistribute weight and pressure more evenly, helping to alleviate pain and slow progression. Taping your toe into its normal position, and using pads to protect the area can help too. There are even splints you can wear to keep your toe in proper alignment and stretches you can do to counteract symptoms. Anti-inflammatory medication and ice can also minimize your pain, but if you just can’t seem to brave it any longer, and your bunion is keeping you from doing the activities you love, you might want to consider surgery.
There are different surgical procedures to treat bunions and deciding which one is right for you depends on the severity of your condition. From removal of swollen tissues and bone to the repositioning of tendons and ligaments to fusing the bone into place, surgery can provide much-needed relief, but keep in mind that recovery takes time.
If your big toe is getting cozy with your others and you see a bony bump beginning to form at the joint, take action right away. Call us at (949) 364-9255 or visit our Southern California Foot & Ankle Specialists office in Ladera Ranch, CA. You can also use our convenient online request form to schedule an appointment. So don’t just grin and bear your bunion pain. Let us help you manage your condition and get you back to the activities you enjoy.