In simple terms, a bunion is a bony bump along the inside of your foot—next to big toe—that can cause extreme discomfort and keep you from wearing your favorite pair of shoes. This condition is usually aggravated by ill-fitting footwear and affects more than 30% of Americans today.
A bunion is a partial dislocation of the great (big) toe at its base joint, which tends to worsen over time. The tip of the big toe slowly moves further and further in the direction of the smaller toes. At the same time, the end of the first metatarsal at the base of the toe becomes more prominent, creating an obvious “bump” on the inside of the foot.
Some of the most common symptoms include increased pain, localized swelling and redness, and stiffness in the joint. You may also feel a burning sensation due to shoes pushing against one of the nerves in the area around the bony prominence.
In serious cases, large bunions may require surgery to remove them.
But the good news is that our medical professionals here at Waco Foot & Ankle are specialized in helping you overcome your foot problems—from bunions to sports injuries—so that you can you can go back to living active, busy lives without pain!
What Causes Bunions?
Some of the most common causes for bunions are listed below:
- Heredity. In other words, bunions tend to run in families. Some people may inherit feet that are more likely to develop bunions due to their shape and structure.
- Abnormal mechanical function of the foot. This can be a major potential cause as well, along with trauma.
- Poor fitting shoes. Shoes with a narrow, pointed toe box that forces the toes into an unnatural position should be avoided.
- Statistically speaking, women are more likely to develop bunions than men. This is mostly a result of wearing ill-fitting shoes that are narrower in the toe box.
As the bunion progresses, it can sometimes lead to other deformities, such as hammertoes.
When Is Bunion Surgery Needed?
Of course, our goal is to avoid surgery as much as possible. However, we understand that there are cases where the best option is, indeed, to perform surgery. So, we may recommend surgery to correct your bunion if you still have pain and difficulty walking despite changes in footwear and other nonsurgical treatments.
Our preferred approach to bunion correction is the Lapiplasty® procedure. It’s a less-intrusive and more effective correction process for bunions that doesn’t require the cutting and re-alignment of the bone to remove the “bump.” Unlike traditional, 2D bunion surgery, Lapiplasty® is a 3D option that reduces recovery time to ~2-weeks versus the traditional 6-8 week recovery window.
Contact Us Today!
Don’t let bunions run your life! Let our team of medical professionals at Waco Foot & Ankle help you get back on your feet quickly and safely. To schedule your appointment, simply give us a call today at (254) 776-6995 or fill out our handy request form online.