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What Is A Bunion?


Bunions form when the toe moves out of places and it’s enlargement causes friction as the bunion rubs against a person's footwear.  This is the main reason people with bunions experience pain.  Bunions are usually formed when some constant pressure or stress is exerted on the big toe joint.  In many cases, it is tight and narrow footwear such as high-heels that squeeze the toes together causing trauma to the big toe and causing the bunion to form.  


As time continues, the big toe begins to angle toward the other toes sometimes overlapping the third toe and this growing enlargement causes even more irritation and friction against the person’s footwear.  The skin over the bunion will become red and tender and can even become a cut.  Such a cut only gets worse with constant friction against that person’s footwear and may ultimately lead to an infection.  

It is especially important for a diabetic to have podiatry treatment for a bunion because a toe infection is one of the leading reasons for an amputation.  Bunions are not hereditary but can occur because of a faulty foot structure, which is why bunions do run in families.  Various foot injuries and foot types like flat feet or high-arched feet can contribute to the formation of a bunion. 


How To Heal One


Bunions do not resolve by themselves because they are bone deformities and therefore, the goal of a bunion is first to relieve the pressure placed on the bunion and pain caused by the irritations.  The second goal is to stop the growth of a bunion.  There are commonly used methods for accomplishing each aim. 


Firstly, protective padding can stop the friction against a person’s shoes and alleviate the skin problems and inflammation.  At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we remove any corns or calluses on the foot.  Changing footwear designed to accommodate both the bunion and the shape of a person’s foot will help stop the growth of it’s bunion. 


Our foot doctors may recommend orthotic devices to stabilize the joint and help place the foot in the correct position when walking and standing.  Splints at nighttime can help the toes and joint realign.  This is usually recommended for adolescents with bunions.  


Finally, if conservative options do not relieve bunion pain or stop the progression of the bunion’s growth, we offer bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy to realign the toe and remove the bunion.  


With a Scottsdale podiatry office and Sun City podiatry office, we help many patients in the Phoenix area relieve bunion pain.  As experienced podiatrists, we know we can help you find the relief that you are looking for. 


Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule your consultation.


Why Bunion Pain Starts


The medical term for a bunion is hallux values and symptoms include bone deformity, pain, and stiffness.  A bunion will continue to grow until a significant change in lifestyle occurs and if you are experiencing pain, it is time to immediately visit a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists. 


Bunion are particularly painful because as they grow, they rub up against the side of a person’s shoes.  This causes inflammation, redness, and tenderness.  After some time, cuts form on the bunion and the constant rubbing of the cuts causes tremendous pain and can even lead to an infection.  A diabetic needs to be particularly careful and come in immediately for podiatry treatment because an infection can result in an amputation.  


Reducing Bunion Pain


The way to decrease inflammation and stop the progression of bunion size is quite simple.  The first thing is to stop wearing shoes that squeeze your feet. Bunions are more common in women than in men because the prevalence of wearing high heels in our culture leads to the development of a bunion since high heels squeeze the toes so tightly together.  This squeezing is often the cause of joint inflammation and bone deformity.  


You can start of by placing a cold compress on the bunion to help decrease inflammation.  Bunion pads protect the bunion from rubbing up against one’s shoes and wearing wider, more flexible shoes will take much of the pressure off a bunion.  Changing one’s shoes to comfortable footwear will immediately provide relief but I suggest knowing which shoes to wear based on your foot type, which we can go over during an office visit.  


If you bunion has developed calluses, we can shave the callus to protect you against foot pain.  Importantly, our podiatrists provide custom-made, prescription orthotics to increase foot support while walking.  By relieving foot pressure, the bunion may stop growing altogether.  


When Conservative Treatment Doesn't Work


In cases where foot pain will not go away, surgery is recommended.  Bone surgery realigns, lengthens, or shortens the bone often getting rid of the bone.   It restores normal alignment to the toes, which relieves pain and removes unnecessary inflammation-causing tissue from the joint.  Surgery also can straighten your big toe stopping the protrusion of the joint.  


The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have offices both in Sun City and Scottsdale, Arizona.  Our specialists have helped patients for over two decades relieve bunion pain and we are confident that we can help you stop the progression of your bunion and provide you a solution to this painful problem.  


Call (480) 483-9000 and schedule your consultation. 


How To Relieve Bunion Pain


A bunion is one of the most common foot condition that I treat in my office and I have patients again and again feel better after implementing a few treatment methods.  You know it is time to see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists when you discover any bunion pain at all.  You may also want to make an appointment if you are not experiencing pain and just want to prevent any further enlargement of your bunion.  . 

A bunion is a bony outgrowth that forms on the side of the big toe.  The big toe joint suffers inflammation and the big toe is pushed inward agains the other toes.  This causes the bony bunion to form.  


A major problem with bunions is that the bunion then bumps and rubs up against the side of a person’s shoes.  Doing so can lead to many foot problems and pain such as inflammation, redness, and cuts.  Such cuts can become quite painful and even lead to an infection.  Seeing one of our podiatrists at either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry locations ensures you will put on a treatment plan to stop the progression of the bunion.  


Podiatry Treatment Methods


One of the most important treatments for bunion care deals in footwear.  During your visit, we will discuss the type of shoes you need based on your foot type as well as prepare custom made orthotics for your feet that support your bunion while it begins to heal.  


There are more than three million cases of new bunions each year but it is treatable by a podiatrist.  To get immediate relief, you can try icing your and taking anti-inflammatory medication.  During your appointment, we will give you bunion pads to relieve the rubbing against your shoes.  


One of the main causes of bunions is improper footwear or narrow shoes that restrict the toe box.  The squeezing against the toes causes joint inflammation and trauma that lead to the formation of a bunion.  Changing your shoes to comfortable recommended footwear is one of the best ways to get immediate relief.  Normally, the shoes will need to be wider to provide the individual the comfort that he or she needs. 


Dr. John Erotas has helped patients for over two decades treat and relieve bunions and is confident that he can reduce the amount of pain you experience while also stopping your bunion from continuing to grow.  If you are having any foot pain whatsoever, it is time to get treatment at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  


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By John Erotas



Bunion Treatment


There are more than 3 million cases of bunions each year.  A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe.  Bunions, because they protrude into the side of a person’s shoes, can cause toe stiffness and severe pain.  Constant rubbing against the side of the shoe leads to cuts, sores, inflammation, and even infections.  


The best thing to do is find treatment right away because there is a distinct reason you have a bunion that keeps getting larger and we will figure out why.  Often, this reason has to do with the shoes you are wearing.  Shoes with a tight narrow toe box such as high heels are often a main cause of bunions.  


At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we have helped patients for over 20 years get rid of bunion pain and stop bunions from continuing to grow.  As a podiatrist, there are a variety of treatment methods I implement to heal bunion pain.  


Corrective Footwear


The first thing to do is of course wear correct shoes.  Based on your foot type and lifestyle, we will recommend shoes that are both comfortable and support your feet.  By taking this immediate pressure off of your bunion, you will see fast relief and swelling will come down.  Prescription orthotics are also valuable in treating bunion pain because they too relieve the stresses and pressures put on a bunion during walking.  Our prescription orthotics are custom molded to your feet providing maximum support.  


Additionally, wearing bunions pads and taking anti-inflammatory medication will help decrease inflammation.  Bunion pads also protect the bunion from scraping against the side of your shoes allowing any cuts to heal and preventing additional wounds.  


In severe cases, where bunions do not heal from conservative treatments or the bunion is large enough where pain in incessant, we often recommend bunion surgery, which is a minor surgical procedure that can completely eliminate the bunion.  


It is time to see a podiatrist when you are experiencing foot or big toe pain.  Come into either our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry office.  You may be finding it difficult to fit into your shoes because of the bunion and have decreased movement of your big toe.  Treating bunions for over 20 years, our podiatrist are experienced at not only relieving pain but figuring out how to both decrease bunion size and the progression of bunion growth.  


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By Michael Stegman

How To Get Rid Of Your Bunion 



Bunions are one of the most common foot conditions because in many cases, they develop from the type of shoes that we wear.  For example, women are more likely to develop bunions because of high-heels.  Shoes with a narrow and restrictive toe box squeeze the toes causing the joint inflammation that leads to a bunion. 


Bunions occur when joint inflammation causes the big toe to squeeze inwards and a bunion to form around the inflamed joint.  The real problem with bunions is that as they continue to grow, they can begin to rub up against the side of one’s shoes causing redness, swelling, irritation, and cuts.  These cuts can be extremely painful if constantly rubbed against and may even lead to an infection. 


There are several treatment methods that I implement as a podiatrist to both stop the bunion from growing and reduce the size of a bunion.  More conservative treatments including changing one’s footwear and bunion pads.   


Treatment Options 


By wearing the right shoes and custom orthotics, one doesn’t place unnecessary pressure on their bunion any longer.  The inflammation ceases and it stops growing.  Custom orthotics are made by me, Dr. John Erotas, specifically to fit your foot shape and walking pattern and provide the maximum amount of support for the feet while walking.  Making sure you have the correct footwear is also essential because comfortable shoes that fit your foot shape support your feet while others will hurt it worse.  


Bunions pads can be placed on the bunion to act as protection against rubbing and stopping this irritation decreases inflammation.  The combination of bunion pads, the right shoes, and custom orthotics can create a healthy environment for your feet.  Also, you may want to take anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling as well.  


Finally, there is the possibility of surgery.  Bunion surgery is a minor procedure but can have tremendous lasting benefits.  It is possible to re-align the big toe joint, remove bunion tissue, and virtually eliminate a bunion through surgery.  This treatment is very effective for quickly getting rid of a bunion. 


American Foot and Ankle Specialists with both a Scottsdale podiatry office and Sun City podiatry office in Phoenix, AZ have helped patients reduce bunion size and pain for over twenty years and we are always looking for the best possible bunion treatments available today. 


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By John Erotas