What Causes Bunion and How We Can Help
By American Foot & Ankle Specialists
August 09, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunions  

Don’t let bunion problems keep you from enjoying your life. Find out what we can do to alleviate your symptoms.

While there are some people who have bunions and don’t even notice a thing, there are others who are dealing with more severe bunions that cause pain and discomfort throughout the day. From the office of your Scottsdale podiatrists Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. BunionsJohn Erotas, find out what could be to blame for your bunion and what treatment options are available.

Bunion Causes:  A bunion affects the joint at the base of the big toe and causes it to lean inward toward the other toes. Of course, it isn’t always possible to figure out why a bunion develops. There could be a genetic component that predisposes someone to developing a bunion. However, it’s also possible that certain conditions like osteoarthritis or joint problems could be to blame.
Some people do believe that wearing high heels or poorly fitted shoes can cause bunions. While there is much debate, one thing is for certain: wearing these types of shoes can certainly make your bunion worse, as it can put unnecessary pressure on the toe joint and cause inflammation of the skin.  The primary cause, however, agreed upon by experts is an improper function of the foot, and walking on that foot without proper support, especially in those flimsy flip-flops and sandals, flats and unsupportive shoes.

Bunion Treatments:  Here are some of the most common treatment options that your Scottsdale foot doctor may recommend:

Proper Footwear: For those who were able to catch their bunion problems early, one major treatment option is to only wear shoes that fit properly and give your toes room to move around. You will also want to stay away from high heels, and tight or pointed shoes that don’t offer the foot enough support and also cram the toes together. By opting for bunion-friendly shoes you can prevent the problem from getting worse.

Orthotics:  You may also want to consider wearing prescription orthotics, or an OTC device prescribed or recommended by your podiatrist.   These can help to make the foot function better and alleviate pressure from the joint. Those shoe inserts that are purchased at a local drugstore, grocery store, department store or even running shoe speciality stores, are usually not enough.  These one-size-fits-most inserts are often not enough to provide relief or improvement in function.  The drug store type of support or chose your foot number cannot tell where YOUR foot functions properly, only a podiatrist can.  This is why you will want to consider getting custom-made orthotics from us to properly address your specific foot needs.

Medications:  The type of medication you use to treat your bunion symptoms will really depend on how severe your problem is. Mild symptoms can often be relieved through over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen. However, prescription medications or even cortisone injections may be the best course of action for more serious cases.

Surgery:  In severe cases, surgery may be the only answer.  But like any other medical problem, if you catch it early and use a properly supportive orthotic you may be able to delay or AVOID surgery all together!

It’s time to talk bunion treatments with us to find out which ones are right for you. But first, we should examine your feet to make sure that your symptoms are truly caused by a bunion. 

Schedule an appointment with American Foot & Ankle Specialists in Scottsdale, AZ today!