Bunions are one of the most common conditions treated by our physicians at Complete Foot and Ankle. A bunion is an enlargement of bone along the inside of your foot at the level of your big toe joint (first metatarsophalangeal joint). This occurs when the bones that make up the big toe joint become out place and essentially exposes the head of the first metatarsal bone. The development of a bunion deformity is based on your genetics, the type of shoes you wear, your physical activity level and possible underlying medical conditions such as arthritis.
Most bunion deformities present with pain, swelling and stiffness to the big toe joint. Some patients find difficulty in wearing certain shoes and in performing impact activities such as walking, running and jumping.
Treatment options vary with the type and severity of each bunion, although identifying the deformity early in its development is important in avoiding surgery. Seeking a consultation from one of our doctors at Complete Foot and Ankle should be sought at the first indication of pain or discomfort because, left untreated, bunions tend to get larger and more painful, making nonsurgical treatment less of an option.
Our physicians at Complete Foot and Ankle are well trained in the newest, minimally-invasive surgical techniques to treat painful bunions.