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All About Bunions

Bunions are a deformity of the toe joint that cause the big toe to move towards the other toes. The most common complaints of people with bunions are pain, a prominent bulge on the side of their foot, and difficulty wearing shoes. Bunions tend to get progressively worse over time, so it is important to seek medical care. A podiatrist diagnoses bunions by examining the foot, and may then take an X-ray to determine the severity of the condition. The doctor may recommend conservative care to manage the symptoms, or surgery to correct the deformity. If you suspect you have a bunion, it is recommended that you speak with a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat your condition.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Edwin Oghoorian, DPM of Pacific Foot & Ankle Associates . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in San Dimas, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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