Bunions are bony bumps that form on the top or side of the big toe causing the toe to push into the other toes. The condition may have a hereditary cause and wearing tight-fitting shoes can exacerbate this tendency. When the bunion is first starting to form is when it is most easily treated, but since bunions don’t usually cause many problems in the early stages many folks tend to ignore the slowly developing problem until it worsens and causes painful skin and toe conditions.
Some of the complications that can be caused by advancing bunions include the following:
- Other toe deformities—People who develop bunions are also more susceptible to toe overlapping problems and hammertoes.
- Skin conditions—Rubbing from your shoes can cause blisters, corns, and calluses to develop. When a corn grows on the top of a hammertoe it can be extremely painful.
- Toenail problems—The increased side pressure on the toes can contribute to ingrown toenail formation and possible bacterial or fungal toenail infections.
Specially made pads and orthotic inserts and braces can be worn inside your shoes and while you are sleeping to pull the big toe back into alignment. In more serious cases, surgery may be needed to debride the bony bump and straighten out the toe.
The earlier you get help from your foot doctor, the less problematic your bunions will become. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.