A bunion is a painful bump at the base of your big toe. They form on the outside edge of the joint at the base of your largest toe.
Bunions occur when the bones at the front of your foot change position because of an injury or a structural abnormality (like flat feet). These changes cause the joint at the base of your big toe to bulge outward, which can affect your mobility and quality of life.
Symptoms of bunions include:
Over time, you might also notice that your toe has corns or calluses (areas of thickened skin caused by your toes rubbing up against your shoes or socks).
Make an appointment at Lake Washington Foot and Ankle Clinic if you experience any of the following symptoms:
After an exam and a discussion of your symptoms, Dr. Prakash develops a treatment plan that helps you feel better.
To diagnose a bunion, Dr. Prakash asks about your symptoms, including when the pain started, if it extends to other areas of your body, and if it’s worse during certain activities. Next, he has you remove your shoes and socks for a foot examination.
It’s possible to diagnose a bunion through visual observation, but Dr. Prakash might also order X-rays to determine how to treat it.
Treatment for bunions depends on various factors, including the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your mobility. Typically, Dr. Prakash recommends conservative treatments, like wearing more comfortable shoes, applying ice, and taking anti-inflammatory medication. You might also benefit from inserts or custom orthotics.
Dr. Prakash might recommend surgical management if conservative treatments don’t provide lasting relief. During bunion surgery, Dr. Prakash uses special tools to straighten the bones at the front of your foot. This process can eliminate the bunion, relieve the pain, and restore mobility.
To learn more about the various treatment options for bunions, make an appointment at Lake Washington Foot and Ankle Clinic by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.