Have you begun to notice bumps on the joints near where your big toe connects to the foot? These bumps could be bunions. Bunions also form on the joint of the little toe. Bunions may impact movement and affect the shoes that you wear. A podiatrist can help you to prevent bunions and can treat them when they occur. If you live in or around Salt Lake City, Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM is here to help.
Bunions typically form when your toes are pushed together too tightly. This can result in the expansion of the big toe joint or pinky toe joint, which can lead to uncomfortable issues.
Inherited structural defects of the toes; arthritis and other conditions like overpronation of the foot can also cause bunions. Pronation refers to the way your foot rolls as you walk. If your foot rolls inward and the foot arch flattens too much, this is called overpronation. People who overpronate are said to have flat feet and flat feet are a common cause of bunions.
Placing too much stress on the foot could also cause a bunion to form, as could simply wearing shoes that are too tight.
When you develop a bunion, the joint of the big or little toe will protrude out abnormally. The skin over the joint may redden. You likely will experience discomfort at the site of this inflamed joint. The bunion could affect the fit of your shoes, while the pain of the bunion can sometimes impact mobility.
When you suspect you have a bunion, visit Dr. Elizabeth E. Auger. Dr. Auger will conduct an exam to determine if your bulging bump on your toe is a bunion or has another cause. Dr. Auger can then work with you to develop a treatment plan.
Conservative options for treatment may be appropriate if they are effective in relieving discomfort caused by a bunion.
Possible options can include splinting or taping of the foot in a normal position to reduce the stress on the affected toes. Injectable medication or pain relievers can lessen the pain of a bunion, as can icing the foot to help with inflammation.
In some cases, simply changing the shoes is sufficient to resolve the problem and Dr. Auger can recommend appropriate footwear or help to fit you for shoe inserts, including prescription orthotics.
In severe cases, surgery may be required to remove the inflamed tissue surrounding the joint, and to straighten the toe and realign the bone.
Dr. Auger can provide a personalized treatment plan to solve your bunion problems. Patients can receive treatment at one of our three convenient office locations in Salt Lake City. Offices in West Jordan, Millcreek, and Sandy. Call (801) 619-2170 to schedule a same-day appointment to find out more about how a podiatrist helps with bunions.