While bunions may make you pack away your sandals, when left untreated, the bump that forms at the base of your big toe can lead to permanent foot disfigurement and pain. At Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute, with office locations in Munster and Crown Point, Indiana, board-certified podiatrist and foot surgeon Dr. Michael Lacey provides a variety of treatments for bunions as well as bunionettes, which form on the outside of your foot. To learn what Dr. Lacey can do for you, call the office today to schedule your initial appointment or book your visit online.
Multiple conditions and situations can lead to the development of bunions, bony bumps that form on your big toe’s bottom joint. They often result from the big toe pushing against your other toes, which forces the joint to shift, jutting out on the side of your foot. Due to irritation, the skin covering your bunion may become red, calloused, or sore.
Some people are more likely to have bunions due to inherited structural defects of the foot. Feet that are often under stress can form bunions, as can those that suffer from certain medical conditions like arthritis. Wearing tight or narrow shoes can cause or aggravate bunions.
When left untreated, bunions can cause permanent damage to your feet, including:
If you think you have a bunion forming or you have a family history of bunions, you can’t reverse it, but you may benefit from slowing its progression. Avoid pointy-toed shoes, and always opt for shoes with a wide toe box. Make sure you have at least a thumb space between the end of your toes and the tip of the shoe, and don’t wear shoes that press against or squeeze your foot.
Use cushions or bunion pads to reduce pain. Your doctor may recommend orthotics, toe spacers, or night splints.
When your bunions are severe and cause significant pain, Dr. Lacey may recommend bunion surgery. Bunionettes, also called Tailor bunions, form on the outside of the foot and may also require surgery.
Depending on the severity of your case, Dr. Lacey can perform a variety of different procedures that work to realign the bones, ligaments, and tendons of your foot back into proper position.
If you have bunions causing you pain, it’s time to contact the specialist in forefront foot surgery. Call Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute today, or go online to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lacey.