Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group
CARDIOVASCULAR DOCTORS & PODIATRY LOCATED IN GREATER HEIGHTS, DOWNTOWN, HOUSTON, PEARLAND, AND KINGWOOD, TX
Bunions are common foot problems, but without treatment, they can make it difficult and painful to walk properly or wear shoes. At Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group in the Greater Heights and Downtown neighborhoods of Houston, Texas, and Pearland, Texas, the team provides comprehensive diagnosis, care, and treatment for bunions. For expert bunion treatment, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.
Bunion Q & A
What is a bunion?
Also called hallux valgus, a bunion is a bony bump that forms on your inner foot at the big toe joint. Bunions develop gradually and grow more prominent over time. Eventually, bunions can cause painful symptoms and make it difficult to fit into normal shoes.
A bunionette is a similar bump that forms on the outer side of your foot near the base of your little toe.
A bunion won’t go away on its own and some progress more quickly than others. The team at Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group carefully evaluates your bunion and creates a customized treatment plan.
What are the symptoms of a bunion?
A visible bump at the base of your big toe is the most noticeable symptom of a bunion. Other common bunion symptoms include:
- Swelling and redness
- Foot pain and tenderness
- Limited movement of your toe
- Corns and calluses where your toes rub together
Pain and restricted motion in your big toe can lead to difficulty walking. If bunion symptoms interfere with your normal activities, the team can help.
What causes bunions?
Most bunions are the result of inherited differences in the shape and structure of the foot. When your big toe leans toward your second toe instead of pointing straight ahead, it causes a misalignment that eventually leads to a bunion bump.
Wearing tight shoes that crowd your toes may cause bunion symptoms to worsen or appear earlier.
How are bunions diagnosed and treated?
The team at Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group diagnoses a bunion by visually examining your foot and asking about your symptoms. To fully evaluate your condition, they may take an X-ray.
Then, your provider recommends the best course of treatment for your bunion. Depending on your needs, bunion treatment may include:
- Changing to shoes with a roomier toe box
- Padding the bunion
- Using orthotic devices
- Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
If you continue to experience pain and difficulty walking despite conservative treatment, surgery may be necessary.
To find relief from the pain and symptoms of a bunion, call Texas Heart and Vein Multispecialty Group or book an appointment online today.
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