About one-third of people in Western countries know the ache and irritation of bunions. A bunion is an inherited bone deformity causing an enlarged joint at the base of the big toe (the metatarsalphalangeal joint), which causes the toe and joint to shift out of place. The condition is progressive and can lead to chronic pain and difficulty walking. This pain is caused by the destruction of the joint cartilage.
Bunions do not correct themselves. The doctors of Houston Foot & Ankle can help patients by alleviating their pain and by controlling the growth of the enlargement.
Treating the corns and calluses
Shoes that fit well, to relieve pressure on the bunion
Exercises to maintain joint mobility and prevent stiffness or arthritis.
Conservative treatments may not be adequate. The size of the enlargement, misalignment of the toe, and pain experienced will determine if surgical correction is needed. In these cases, bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy, may be advised to remove the bunion and realign the toe.