Bunion Specialist Questions and Answers
Even if you’ve had them for years, bunions don’t have to become a permanent part of your life. There are a number of ways to treat bunions so that your feet will regain proper alignment and be free from pain. You’ll also finally be able to wear a normal pair of shoes without pain. Learn more about the solutions available at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntley, IL.
What Causes Bunions?Bunions form when the base of the big toe joint moves outward while the big toe moves inward. The protruding joints look like large bumps that can affect your ability to walk properly and be very painful. Bunions are usually caused by pressure on the toes due to poorly made shoes or foot injuries, but they can also be an inherited condition.
Treating Your BunionsThere’s no need to live with bunions forever—your Elgin, Schaumburg, and Huntley podiatrists can help you straighten out your feet. Here are a few of the treatments available:
- Lining shoes with protective padding to relieve pressure on the joint.
- Custom orthotics to improve the position of your feet and toes when you walk.
- Joint exercises for the feet.
- Splints worn while sleeping to realign the joints.
- Surgery (called a bunionectomy).
Prevention TipsIf you’re in the early stages of developing bunions or just want to prevent them from ever being a problem in the future, here are a few tips:
- Invest in sensible, high-quality shoes that give your toes plenty of room to move around (no crowding) and that support your arch.
- Get immediate treatment for any foot injuries, as they can make the foot more susceptible to bunions.
- If you have rheumatoid arthritis, work closely with your podiatrist to keep inflammation under control.
- Visually monitor the shape of your foot and contact your podiatrist if there’s any sign of a bunion forming.