Conditions & Services

Bunions

Something as common as a bump on the side of your big toe can be so much more. A bunion is often described by patients as a bump on the side of the big toe. Since it seems like an innocuous symptom, many patients don’t seek treatment and suffer unnecessarily with the pain of bunions for years. Wearing shoes with a tight toe width or high heels can be problematic, as bunions occur when the toes are crowded and rub together. This is why many women who wear heels are susceptible to the development of bunions.

What is it?

A bunion is so much more than just a bump on the big toe. A bump is the manifestation of the bone in the big toe being thrown out of alignment with the second toe. It develops when the big toe leans into the second toe, causing the angles of the bones to change and produce a bump. This bump becomes more noticeable with time.

Some of the symptoms of bunions are:

  • Pain and soreness around the big toe
  • Inflammation and redness near the area
  • A burning sensation in the vicinity of the bunion
  • Possible numbness
  • Characteristic bump (many times on the big toe)

Am I at risk?

Bunions are most often caused by an inherited condition. However, that doesn’t mean that if your dad or mom had bunions, they passed them on to you. The mechanical structure of the foot is a delicate balance and if your family genetics determine that you have a certain foot type, you may be more prone to develop bunions. Wearing high heels and tight shoes may not actually cause bunions, but they can make the deformity worse.

How are bunions diagnosed?

Bunions are easily spotted by a trained physician, as the characteristic bump is obvious. However, to fully diagnose a bunion, your doctor may take x-rays to determine the degree of damage and to formulate a treatment plan.

Since bunions are progressive, they get worse over time when not cared for properly. If you think you suffer from bunions and are in the Akron-Canton, Ohio area, contact the Ohio Foot and Ankle Center to begin treatment today.

We also offer the following treatments and procedures for bunions:

  • Keller arthroplasty
  • Lapidus fusion
  • Minimal invasive surgery
  • Great toe fusion

For more details on bunions, visit the ACFAS informational website.