Bunions: Causes, Treatment, & Removal
A bunion is a common, sometimes painful deformity that most often affects the big toe. However, you may also develop a smaller bunion, known as a bunionette, at the joint of your pinky toe. Doctors still don’t know exactly what causes bunions.
What Is a Bunion?
Symptoms of Bunions
Most symptoms are worse when wearing shoes that are tight or have a pointed toe, or after spending a long time on your feet.
What Causes Bunions?
Most doctors agree that bunions are genetic, meaning you inherit the condition from one of your parents. They may also be caused by injury or stress to the foot. Bunions are also associated with inflammatory types of arthritis.
While most doctors don’t believe that footwear causes bunions, they do believe high heels and shoes with pointed toes exacerbate symptoms.
Bunions Complications and Prevention
Bunions Treatment and Diagnosis
Bunion Removal Surgery
Bunion removal surgery, more commonly known as a bunionectomy, may be recommended for more severe cases. Surgical options vary according to your unique situation and may include:
Recovery time varies according to the procedure, but expect it to take anywhere from two weeks to three months.
Getting Ready for Your Appointment
Before consulting with your podiatrist, prepare a list of the following: