What is a Bunion? Austin Bunion Experts Explain

Photos of celebrity feet are often splashed across the entertainment news world.  The headlines may involve designer shoes by Christian Louboutin or Jimmy Choo, but many times unsightly bunions steal the show.  These painful bumps that develop on the joint of the big toe can cause daily foot pain.  There’s good news—you don’t have to be a star to receive expert bunion care.  Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists provides the latest in conservative and surgical treatments for this painful condition.

Describing a bunion simply as a bony bump doesn’t get to the heart of the problem, and blaming improper footwear often glosses over the root cause—the structure of the foot.  Heredity, congenital abnormalities, injuries, arthritis, and other diseases can change the biomechanics of the feet and cause the body’s weight to be unevenly distributed.  This excess pressure causes instability in the joint of the big toe and a shift towards the other toes.  This misalignment results in the bony protrusion that signifies this foot deformity.

Bump First, Pain Later: Don’t Ignore Signs of a Bunion

The fact is that you will likely notice a bump forming long before you experience pain.  Ignoring changes in the feet is a big mistake, because it is always easier to prevent a foot condition than to treat one.  However, many people choose to continue the same foot care habits despite the effects on their feet.  Eventually, what may have seemed like a simple, cosmetic issue, causes daily pain.

Symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty bending the big toe
  • Pain that may be sporadic
  • Calluses between the toes, or near the bottom of the big toe
  • Corns from the toes rubbing together due to a shift in alignment
  • Inflamed skin and puffiness

There are easy, effective changes that you can make to prevent this deformity from progressing, and bunion experts Drs. Craig Thomajan and Shine John are here to help.  Schedule an evaluation to learn about your unique foot structure and conservative treatments that will slow the development of this condition.

Understanding your arch type is invaluable when purchasing shoes, because all footwear is not created equally.  High arches, flat feet, and neutral arches each require a specific type of shoe to provide the best support and weight distribution.  Our foot specialists may also recommend a custom orthotic to assist in this area.

Choose shoes with a wide toe box and make sure to have your feet measured.  Many people forget that their feet spread with age, and they continue to wear the same size year after year.  Shoes that are small, tight, and pointy will cause pain, misery, and a faster progression of this condition.

Don’t Delay Expert Bunion Treatment

Conservative treatment options are always preferred, so the sooner you seek treatment the better.  While a bunion will not go away, there are many ways to slow its development and address pain.  While new shoes and prescription orthotics are a start, bunion splints are another effective option.  Using a combination of cushioning and strapping, we are able to reposition the foot for proper weight distribution.  This relieves pain and strain on the affected joint.

In some cases, surgical intervention is necessary to maintain mobility and relieve intense discomfort.  Depending on the exact cause of the bunion, our team will determine the best procedure.  The goals of surgery are to reposition the toe, eliminate the bump, and address any joint and/or tendon issues that are present.

At Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists, you’ll receive star treatment by leaders in the field of podiatry.  Drs. Thomajan and John are dedicated to ending your foot pain through expert and effective treatment.  Call today to schedule an evaluation.  Dial 512-328-8900, or request an appointment online

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists