If you have a bunion you may feel different levels of pain depending on how long you’ve had it and how advanced it has become. But do you know why a bunion is causing you pain and what your treatment options are? There are three parts to a bunion that give patients problems and cause them foot pain. Understanding why your bunion is limiting your activities and hurting your feet can help you take the right measures in managing and eliminating your foot pain.
A bunion is essentially a bump on your big toe. It’s a bone deformity on the foot that forms when the toe moves out of place. This bump can start causing friction and irritation when it rubs against footwear.
The Big Toe
When you have a bunion another cause for the foot pain is your big toe moving toward the other toes causing it to bang into the second toe and either go over or under it.
The Long Bone of the Foot
A bunion causes the whole first bone of the foot – called the first metatarsal – to move toward the other foot. So, you end up with two bones that are supposed to be parallel (the first metatarsal bone and the big toe), now at an angle. In between the two bones is cartilage, which allows bone to move over bone. When the bones are going two separate directions pressure is put onto the foot and crushes the cartilage.
Treatment for bunions
Over time, a bunion can also lead to degenerative osteoarthritis, stiffness in the big toe and difficulty walking. It’s important to take care of your bunion when it starts causing you chronic foot pain and limits you from doing your normal, daily activities.
The first thing a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare will do is manage the pain you’re experiencing, then start the process of treating your bunion as quickly as possible by using:
- Physical therapy
- Nerve blocks
All of the above conservative treatments help manage the pain, but don’t take care of the deformity causing the pain. When it becomes difficult to bear weight many doctors try to avoid surgery, and that would be a good idea when faced with traditional bunion surgery, but now there is a minimally invasive technique available that can eliminate your bunion completely. It does so by correcting the bunion and the position of the big toe by making a very small incision in your foot.
By understanding the three parts of a bunion, and not waiting to get treatment, you won’t end up with a big toe that is stiff, causing foot pain, or keeping you from being active. Contact a New York podiatrist today for a free consultation. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.
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