What are bunions?
Bunions are bony bumps that usually grow at the base of your big toe as you get older. They are a hereditary problem, but they can also develop as a result of wearing narrow shoes, or having arthritis. A smaller version of a bunion — a bunionette — may develop on the joint of your little toe. Anyone can get a bunion, but they’re more common among women.
When the joint of your big toe becomes inflamed as a result of pressure from wearing tight shoes, it can shift out of alignment and grow larger over time. A bunion can distort the appearance of your foot and make it difficult to find comfortable shoes. If left untreated, bunions can lead to other complications like calluses, bursitis, or arthritis.
What are the symptoms of bunions?
Bunions don’t go away on their own, and they usually worsen over time. Symptoms of a developing bunion include:
- Swelling and redness around the base of your big toe
- Restricted movement in your affected toe
- A bulging bump on the outside of your big toe
- Corns or calluses between your big toe and the next toe
- Pain that comes and goes
- Persistent pain
- Difficulty wearing shoes
Although bunions require no surgical treatment, they may become bothersome enough to affect your ability to walk. They also can lead to other foot conditions that cause additional pain and inflammation.
When would I need surgery to correct a bunion?
You can get temporary relief from bunions with nonsurgical treatments such as wearing more spacious shoes, wearing bunion pads, or icing your toe to decrease inflammation, but for many adults, this doesn’t resolve recurring bunion pain.
Dr. Colón-Martínez is an expert at no-scar foot surgery to remove your bunion and realign the bones in your foot to reduce pain and restore mobility. She customizes the procedure based on your specific condition to resolve issues of how the bunion is affecting your foot.
Your surgery may include any of the following, depending on the severity of the bunion:
- Removal of swollen joint tissue
- Removal of part of the big toe bone to straighten your toe
- Realignment of the back of your foot through the big toe
- Permanent fusion of affected bones in the toe joint
Although it takes some time to fully recover from bunion surgery, many people are able to walk shortly after the procedure. If you’ve tried other methods to relieve bunion discomfort, but your bunion has progressed beyond home care, it may be time to consider no-scar bunion surgery.
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