Bunions don’t play around. They start out as harmless, that is until they actually cause harm to your feet. They occur more readily on the feet of those that wear shoes for fashion rather than function. Therefore, women have a higher rate of bunions then that of men. Bunions can also be genetic as irregular bone development can make certain people have a higher chance of developing bunions. If bunions are not cared for after forming, they can become filled with liquid and become very tender or hamper mobility due to the difficulty in wearing shoes that fit correctly. Causes of bunions (other than shoes that do not fit properly) include arthritis, severe trauma, an inadequate length in legs, or flat feet. It can be hereditary or can happen more readily in those with foot deformities.
Treatment for this condition includes:
● Toe spacers may provide significant relief from bunions. This becomes necessary to restore your toes to their normal position.
● Use of support devices such as splints or spacers between your toes. This will help to realign your toes and prevent the formation of bunions.
● Physical therapy through exercises will help to balance muscles in your feet.
● Surgical procedures may be helpful to remove the bunion or correct a deformity that is increasing your chances of getting bunions. This will include realigning the metatarsophalangeal joint and the tendons around the big toe.
● Use of cushioned shoes post-surgery to help with recovery.
Here at the Foot Care Specialists, PC, located in Quincy (South Shore, Boston, Metro West area) and Dedham (Boston, Metro West), Massachusetts, our podiatrist, Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, will help to give your feet the best chance of avoiding the formation of bunions through targeted therapy and the use of the latest methods that can help your toes get back being pain free! So, please make an appointment with our offices by calling and check out our services for a chance to learn more about how we can help.