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Bunions are hard bumps that develop at the base of your big toe or little toe. These bumps are bony growths that occur when your big or little toe joint pushes against the toe next to it. Bunions that occur at the base of your big toe joint are more common than ones that form at the base of your little toe.
Bunions can cause any of the following symptoms:
You can end up having bunions if you have a foot injury or an underlying condition, such as arthritis that affects your big or little toe joint. These growths can also develop if you were born with a foot type that’s more prone to bunions. You might also have bunions form if you tend to wear tight shoes or shoes that are too narrow in the toe.
You might not need treatment if your bunions aren’t causing discomfort or any other problems. However, you should see Dr. Kimmel for treatment if you have persistent pain that gets worse or limits your activities. You’ll also need treatment if you develop other foot problems such as hammertoe or bursitis.
Nonsurgical treatments include taking over-the-counter medication to relieve pain and applying ice to the affected toe to reduce swelling. Dr. Kimmel might also recommend getting orthotic shoe inserts that remove pressure from the affected area, which helps prevent bunions from getting worse. Splinting or taping your foot might also help relieve symptoms.
It depends on how severe your bunions are and the type of treatment you have. If Dr. Kimmel recommends surgery, recovery can take several weeks or months. With nonsurgical treatment, your symptoms might improve within days, or it could take a few weeks to experience relief.
If you need treatment for bunions, please book your appointment online with Buckeye Foot Care to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kimmel.
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