Bunions are painful bony bumps that form at the base of the big toe joint. Talk with an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist to diagnose and treat your bunions.
What Causes Bunions?
A bunion is a bony protrusion or bump that develops on the big toe joint when the big toe pushes against the next toe. Bunions can be caused by wearing shoes that are too tight, foot injuries, or structural defects in the foot. Here are some of the common symptoms of bunions:
- A bump at the base of your big toe
- Swelling or soreness around the big toe joint
- Pain in the big toe or foot
- Development of corns or calluses
Bunions can be extremely painful and interfere with your ability to exercise, or perform even the most basic daily activities.
Before you can effectively treat a bunion, you need to make sure you have a proper diagnosis. An orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of foot and ankle conditions can perform a physical examination (as well as diagnostic imaging tests, if necessary) to diagnose your bunions. At that point you can discuss treatment options. Treating bunions can be approached conservatively or surgically. Conservative treatments may include rest, padding or shoe inserts, and medication. When conservative options fail, surgical removal of the bunion may be the best approach. It’s always a good idea to discuss your situation and your options for treatment with an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist.
Knoxville Bunion Surgery
Dr. Chad Ferguson has years of experience treating patients with painful bunions.