Bunions in Miami, FL
The Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of orthopedic conditions and diseases such as bunions. Our team of experts delivers the latest advances in personalized, comprehensive care to patients in our conveniently located clinics in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale.
What Are Bunions?
Usually painful, bunions are swollen bumps that develop at the joint, where the big toe connects to the foot. In extreme cases, bunions prevent the sufferer from comfortably wearing and walking in shoes.
What are the Causes and Symptoms of Bunions?
This deformity of the foot is often attributed to the wearing of tight, narrow and ill-fitting shoes, having pointed toes and high heels, and may also cause calluses, corns, and hammertoes.
A bunion results when the metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of the big toe becomes inflamed and misaligned. The skin over the bunion may appear red and feel tender, and wearing any type of footwear may be painful.
Since this joint flexes with every step you take, the bunion may grow over time due to repetitive strain, making walking an increasingly painful activity. Painful swelling, or bursitis, may occur, characterized by the skin on the bottom of the foot becoming thicker, and the big toe beginning to lean towards the second toe, causing some deformity in the second toe as well. A bunion, in its advanced stage, may make your foot look deformed and cause difficulty in walking. It is important to know that bunions may lead to arthritis. Although typically occurring in families, bunions usually result from wearing improperly fitted shoes. One in three women in the United States suffers from bunions, and 90% occur in women.
How are Bunions Treated?
Most bunions are treatable without surgery, usually through the use of orthopedic footwear and/or protective pads to cushion the painful area. To minimize the possibility of developing a bunion, never force your foot into a tight fitting shoe, or one which cramps your toes. Wear comfortable, roomy shoes that conform to the shape of your feet and provide both cushioning and support. Choose footwear with wide insteps, broad toes, and soft soles, avoiding shoes having a short foot bed, tight fit, sharply pointed toes and high heels.
Once a bunion has progressed to the point where it impairs your ability to walk, or you experience pain despite corrective footwear, you may require bunion surgery to realign the bone, ligaments, tendons, and nerves while restoring the big toe to its correct position.
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