Treating Bunions in Santa Maria, CA
Bunions are one of the most common problems your podiatrist can treat.
What a Bunion Looks Like
A bunion is a hard, bony bump that develops on the side of your big toe. Small bunions may or may not be painful, but bunions can also grow large and painful, with significant involvement of the bone.
Causes of Bunions
Bunions are caused by a bone deformity in your foot. They develop mostly in women, from wearing shoes that are too narrow. Shoes that crush the toes together force the big toe joint outward. It begins to rub on the inside of your shoe, causing friction, inflammation, and bunion formation. You are also at greater risk of bunion formation if you have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
What You Can Do About Bunions
If you have a small bunion, there are a few options you can try to get relief. Consider:
- Placing ice on the bunion to reduce swelling
- Taping the bunion to add support
- Placing padding inside your shoes to add cushion and protection
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication and pain medication
- Changing to wider shoes with more room for your toes
Professional Treatments for Bunions
If you have a larger, painful bunion, it’s best to visit your podiatrist, who may recommend:
- Custom-fit orthotics or footwear to help realign your toe and foot
- Physical therapy exercises and stretching to maintain flexibility
- Wearing pads or cushions inside your shoes
- Removing corns or calluses to eliminate friction
When Is Bunion Surgery Necessary?
Bunion surgery may be necessary if there is significant bone involvement, or in cases of moderate to severe bunion pain which is impacting your ability to wear shoes, walk, and stay active. During bunion surgery, known as a bunionectomy, the bunion is removed and your toe and foot are surgically realigned.