Up to one-third of adults in the United States have bunions: bony growths that form on the outside edge of the big toe. At Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. in Arcadia, California, board-certified podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons Caitlyn Lee, DPM, AACFAS, and Wenjay Sung, DPM, FACFAS, offer high-quality care for bunions of all sizes, including custom orthotics, footwear recommendations, and, if necessary, surgery. Call Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. today to schedule a bunion consultation, or book your appointment online.
It’s true that women are more likely to have bunions, but these abnormal growths can affect anyone.
Bunions form when the bones in your forefoot change position due to your gait (how you walk) or general wear-and-tear. Over time, these changes cause your big toe (metatarsophalangeal) joint to bulge outward, forming a noticeable deformity.
As bunions get bigger, they cause pain and inflammation and may affect mobility.
Bunion symptoms include:
Sometimes, bunions cause your toe joint to lock in a bent position, a condition known as a hammertoe.
Make an appointment at Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. if you have a large, bony growth on the outside of your big toe that affects your mobility or quality of life. That’s particularly true if the bunion is red, swollen, and interferes with your ability to work, exercise, or perform routine tasks.
Your Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and examines your big toe and big toe joints. They check for swelling, redness, and bruising and assess your big toe’s range of motion.
Bunions are easy to identify, but your podiatrist might order X-rays or CT scans to evaluate the position of the bones at the front of your foot and check for joint damage.
Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. treats bunions using a conservative and minimally invasive approach whenever possible. Depending on your age and symptoms, your provider might suggest:
If these treatments don’t provide significant relief, or the bunion prevents you from walking, you might be a candidate for minimally invasive bunion surgery (bunionectomy).
During a bunionectomy, your surgeon uses hand-held instruments to realign the bones at the front of your foot and bring your big toe back into the proper position.
Call Global Podiatry Partners, Inc. today to schedule bunion treatment, or book your appointment online.