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Bunions

Ohio Foot and Ankle Center

Podiatrists located in Canton, OH & Stow, OH

That throbbing, aching bony bump on the side of your foot isn’t something you should ignore. With the help of Aaron Chokan, DPM, FACFAS, FACCWS, at Ohio Foot and Ankle Center in Canton, Uniontown, and Stow, you have plenty of conservative and surgical bunion solutions available, so you can experience lasting relief. Before bunion pain slows you down another day, book an evaluation through the website. You can also call to speak with a team member by phone.

Bunions Q&A

What are the causes of bunions?

Something as common as a bony bump on the side of your big toe can be so much more than an unsightly issue. Bunions are progressive and form over a period of many years in most cases. They develop as your toes crowd together and your big toe joint starts changing shape.

As your big toe joint continues shifting and moving into a crooked alignment, that bony bump gets bigger. While pointy, high-heeled, or snug shoes are often to blame for toe crowding that causes bunions, your risk increases because of:

  • Certain inherited traits, such as unstable joints
  • Previous foot trauma or injury
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Flat feet 

 

In some cases, a similar issue occurs near your baby toe for the same reasons. If you have a bony bump near the base of your little toe, it’s called a tailor’s bunion or bunionette. 

When should I see a podiatrist about my bunions?

Many patients don’t seek treatment and tend to suffer from the pain of bunions for years. But with the help of Ohio Foot and Ankle Center podiatrists, you won’t have to let bunion pain affect you any longer. 

It’s important to have a bunion evaluation if you regularly experience any of the following issues:

  • Redness
  • Calluses 
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Burning 
  • Numbness 
  • Inflammation 

 

Your dedicated podiatrist at Ohio Foot and Ankle Center thoroughly examines you, gathers in-office X-rays, and evaluates your medical history. They design a customized bunion treatment plan to treat your bunions and prevent further problems. 

Which bunion treatments does a podiatrist provide?

In most cases, the team at Ohio Foot and Ankle Center recommends conservative bunion treatments first. Nonsurgical bunion treatments include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Taping, strapping, and splinting
  • Changes in footwear
  • Shoe padding 
  • Custom orthotics

 

The foot and ankle surgeons at Ohio Foot and Ankle Center also specialize in up-to-date bunion surgeries, including:

  • Minimally invasive surgery 
  • Arthroscopic Keller technique
  • Great toe fusion 
  • Lapidus fusion

 

Your caring podiatrist manages your bunion treatment plan and examines you regularly. They ensure your treatment — conservative or surgical — provides the bunion relief you deserve. 

If you suffer from stiff, painful bunions, contact Ohio Foot and Ankle Center to get started on treatment. You can conveniently schedule at any office either online or over the phone.