More than 50% of women in the United States have bunions, but you don’t have to live with the persistent foot pain they cause. The experienced surgeons of Augusta Foot & Ankle, PC offer expert care and surgical treatments for painful bunions and other foot and ankle conditions at their practice in Evans, Georgia. If you’re ready to seek treatment for your bunions, call Augusta Foot & Ankle or schedule an appointment online.
Bunions are a deformity of the foot that occurs when the alignment of the joint at the base of the big toe changes. As the alignment changes, your toe joint becomes more prominent and protrudes outward. Your big toe rotates and pushes against your second toe, sometimes overlapping it, or causing the second toe to ride upward.
While bunions usually affect the big toe, they can sometimes occur in the baby toe. In some cases, they can lead to other painful foot conditions like hammertoe, bursitis, and metatarsalgia.
Bunions are more common in women than men.
Bunions have several causes, including hereditary, congenital deformities and medical conditions that put stress on your foot. Wearing tight or narrow shoes may or may not lead to bunions forming, but they can exacerbate your symptoms.
In addition to a prominent area of bone on the outside of your foot at the base of your big toe, signs of bunions include:
You might also experience redness, swelling, or tenderness in your big toe joint.
Not all bunions require medical attention, but if you’re suffering from persistent pain, decreased movement, or difficulty finding shoes that fit, treatment is available.
During your appointment, your doctor at Augusta Foot & Ankle can usually diagnose bunions through your symptoms and physical examination. They might also recommend digital X-rays to search for other conditions like arthritis or gout.
Your doctor might recommend nonsurgical treatments to relieve your discomfort. These might include:
If your bunion is severe or your discomfort continues, the doctors of Augusta Foot & Ankle use multiple surgical techniques individualized to your bunion deformity. They also perform the newest techniques in surgical bunion correction, including Lapiplasty®. This is the first and only bunion procedure that addresses all of your bunion deformities, leading to a more predictable long-term bunion correction.
Learn more about treating your bunions, call Augusta Foot & Ankle for more information, or schedule an appointment online today.