If you've noticed a change in the shape of your foot, particularly a hardened bump on your instep below your big toe, you're likely dealing with a bunion. Many people have this foot issue, and your Oak Royal, Commerce Township and Livonia, MI podiatrists - Dr. Randy Bernstein, Dr. Randy Semma and Dr. Michele Bertellei-Semma - at Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care see patients with bunions on a regular basis. To learn more about bunions and how to deal with them, read on!
What is a bunion?
If you look up a picture of a bunion, you might think that it is a growth or tumor on the inside of the foot. This is a common misconception – bunions are actually the result of the bones associated with the big toe becoming displaced as the big toe begins to push against the smaller toes. Over time, the joint starts to become misshapen and the appearance of a lump begins to appear. Although not directly caused by footwear, bunions are much more likely to appear on women's feet rather than men's because of the narrow width and crowded toebox associated with many styles of women's shoes. The actual cause of bunions is associated with genetics, so if one of your close relatives had bunions, it's likely that you will develop them as well.
How are bunions treated?
Not all bunions are painful, and your Oak Royal, Commerce Township and Livonia podiatrists don't typically treat them until they become problematic. Complications include pain while wearing shoes, pain while walking or during other activities, or a callus developing over the bunion. To lessen the discomfort we may provide specialized shoe inserts that provide padding and take pressure off the bunion. Severe bunions may need surgery in order to realign the toe and allow for normal walking and footwear.
If you're dealing with a painful bunion, we here at Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care want to help you! We have three convenient locations in Livonia, Royal Oak and Commerce Township, MI. Contact the closest office to you to make an appointment today.