Bunions can wreck the appearance and comfort of your feet and make it difficult to wear shoes. Effective conservative and surgical treatment are available from the foot and ankle surgeons at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. With decades of experience and locations in Oxnard, Palmdale, Westlake Village, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Camarillo, California, the team is dedicated to helping your feet feel and look their best. To schedule an appointment, call or use the online tool now.
A bunion is an enlargement at the base of the joint of your big toe. The enlargement develops when the tip of your toe moves in towards your other toes and the joint at the base of the big toe bulges outward. This can also occur on the other side of your foot at your fifth toe, where it is called a bunionette.
Bunions tend to progress slowly, though they do cause deformity of your foot. They can become stiff, sore, and painful and may lead to the development of blisters or corns where your shoes rub on your feet. Wearing shoes may even become difficult or impossible.
Anatomical variants in your joints or heredity can lead to the faulty biomechanics of the joint in your big toe that causes bunions. Biomechanical issues may be caused by. Wearing shoes that are too tight or have pointed toes can cause the bunion to worsen more quickly due to the pressure on your toe from your shoes.
In some cases, inflammatory conditions — like rheumatoid arthritis — can cause bunions to form.
A bunion is diagnosed based on a foot exam and X-rays. Your doctor performs the exam, assessing the appearance and range of motion of your affected toe and the surrounding joints. An X-ray — taken in the office — can show how the bunion is affecting the internal structures of your foot and how mild or severe the deformity has become.
Based on your exam and X-rays, your doctor determines the best course of treatment to help you.
Custom orthotics and injections can give you mild relief from the pain and discomfort of a bunion. Since bunions tend to get worse over time, it may be best to get a bunionectomy — a surgery to correct the deformity and restore the anatomy of your foot.
Based on your X-rays, overall health, and lifestyle, your doctor discusses which type of surgery is most beneficial for you. The surgeons at Foot & Ankle Concepts can perform one of many different types of bunionectomies based on what the anatomy of your foot is and how the surrounding joints are affected.
In most cases, you’ll be able to walk in a postoperative shoe or boot the same day as your surgery. More complex surgeries may require you to wear a cast for six to eight weeks after surgery. Your doctor follows up with you throughout your recovery to ensure you’re healing well and feeling comfortable.
Improve the appearance and health of your feet with bunion treatment from the foot and ankle surgeons at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. Schedule a visit online or by phone now to discuss treatment options.