According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, bunions are a “bump” on the joint at the base of the big toe—the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint—that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. Bunions can also occur at the base of smaller toes, where they are labeled “tailor’s bunion.”
When abnormal forces are exerted on the joints and tendons of the foot, it causes instability in the joint, which then causes the formation of bunions. Bunions result from prolonged abnormal motion and irregular pressure over the MTP joint.
Bunions are hereditary; however, it is the type of foot that is passed down, not the bunion. Parents suffering from foot abnormalities can pass it on to their children.
Shoe inserts can reducebunion symptoms and may stop it from becoming worse
When conservation treatment options fail to be effective, permanent treatment of the bunion is the only solution to relieve pain and pressure. An outpatient procedurewill remove the bony prominence that is the cause of pain, and restore the normal functioning of the toe joint. You can resume working after two to three days. For instance, if you have the procedure on Thursday, you may return to work on Monday. However, some swelling and pain may occur for a few weeks after the surgery, but can be managed with pain medication.
Please call our office, 281-395-FEET (3338) to meet with our doctors. During your visit our doctors can provide a thorough evaluation and recommendations in regard to your uncomfortable, painful, or noticeable bunions.