A Problem in Your Big Toe

Your big toe is the hardest working toe. Every time your feet pushes off the ground, this toe supports most of your body's weight. Because the big toe is so critical to movement, any problem with it can make walking or even standing painful. A bunion (excess of misaligned bone in the joint) is one of the most common toe problems. In addition to causing pain, a bunion changes the shape of your foot, making it harder to find shoes that fit. But you don't have to hobble for the rest of your life. Bunions can be treated. With your doctor's help, your feet can feel and look better!

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What Causes Bunions?

Although they may develop on the fifth (little) toe, bunions usually occure at the base of the big toe. Bunions are often caused by incorrect foot mechanics. The foot may flatten too much, forcing the toe joint to move beyond the normal range. In some cases, joint damage caused by arthritis or an injury produces a bunion. And some people are born with the tendency to develop bunions. If you are at risk of developing a bunion, wearing high heeled or poorly fitting shoes makes the problem worse.

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How Bad Are My Bunions?

X-Rays may be taken of your foot to show the position of your big toe joint. Your doctor may also want to see whether the bunion is affecting other bones in your foot. If you think you have bunions, visit your local podiatrist.

If you are close to Delaware Ohio you can schedule an appointment at Foot and Ankle Wellness Center

Physical Exam For Bunions

To determine the best treatment for your problem, your doctor may ask if and when your bunion causes pain. Your doctor may also test how far and how smoothly the affected joint moves. To see if incorrect foot mechanics is causing your problem, your doctor may watch how your feet rotate and flatten as you walk. More Info

How Are Bunions Treated?

If a bunion is not painful or severe, your doctor may recommend that you wear a different style of shoes. Or you may be prescribed custom made shoe inserts (orthoses) to control incorrect foot mechanics. For painful or severe bunions, outpatient surgery may be recommended. After surgery, you'll be on your way home and ready for recover. More Info