Bunion

Foot, Ankle, & Leg Vein Center

Foot & Ankle Surgery & Vein Care located in Boca Raton, FL & Boynton, FL

Between ill-footing footwear, genetics, and even injuries, your big toe joint can become deformed and cause an uncomfortable bony bump, known as a bunion. With their expertise in innovative bunion solutions, Jason Gold, DPM, and Jodi Schoenhaus, DPM, FACFAS, of Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center can help you get through painful bunion inflammation. Before your bunion bothers you another day, schedule an exam at the Boca Raton or Boynton, Florida, clinic locations. Book online or call either office directly.

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Why do bunions develop?

Bunions are progressive deformities in your big toe joint that can become increasingly uncomfortable over time. You might have a higher likelihood of developing a bunion because of your inherited foot shape, like if you have flatfeet. Bunions also sometimes form due to:

  • Injury or trauma
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Congenital deformities

In many cases, especially if you have an underlying condition, your footwear can further increase your risk of developing a bunion. For instance, if you’re always in high heels or pointy shoes, your big toe gets squished and has to rest on top of your smaller toes. With daily wear, your big toe joint actually starts to completely change in shape and thus, a bunion develops.

When should I see a doctor for bunions?

Since bunions are progressive and are going to continue worsening, ideally, you should have your feet checked out as soon as you notice a bunion forming. It’s especially important to book a bunion exam at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center soon if you experience any of the following symptoms surrounding your bunion.

  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Bulging
  • Toe stiffness

Plus, because your bunion is going to rub up against the insides of your shoes, no matter how comfortable your shoes may be, you’re more likely to develop calluses and even corns, which can cause further discomfort.

What is the treatment for bunions?

Treating bunions often involves combining several different types of therapies. At Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, Dr. Gold or Dr. Schoenhaus examine your bunion and look at any essential in-office imaging, like an X-ray, to help design the best possible bunion treatment package for your needs. Your bunion management plan may include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Bunion shield padding
  • Strapping and taping
  • Specialized shoes
  • Custom orthotics

While these conservative therapies may help you get some initial relief, they don’t actually correct your joint deformity. The only way to do that is through surgery, which is typically the last resort.

Dr. Gold and Dr. Schoenhaus specialize in outpatient minimally invasive bunion surgery. During bunion surgery, your dedicated podiatrist employs scar reduction techniques, so you won’t have to worry about unsightly foot scars. In most cases, you can even walk right after surgery.

Schedule your bunion evaluation at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center today. You can either click on the online scheduler or call either office directly.