If left untreated, bunions can progress and become seriously inflamed and even increase your risk of related toe deformities, like hammertoes. Before your bunion worsens any further, schedule an exam with board-certified podiatrist Gina Bullock, DPM, at Broadway Foot and Ankle Clinic in Portland, Oregon. Click on the online scheduler to request to book your bunion exam with the team or call the clinic directly.
Bunions tend to affect men and women who have inherited faulty foot mechanics, like flat feet, or unstable joints. When you have these underlying issues, slipping into a pair of pointy or snug shoes on a daily basis forces your big toe to make room for itself, either on top or underneath of your smaller toes.
Over time, your big toe gets used to its new position, and your toe joint starts to change shape. That’s why you notice that notorious bony bump developing on the base of your big toe.
It’s not only toe crowding and foot mechanics that lead to bunions though. Your risk of bunions increases from:
No matter what’s causing your bunions, it’s important to have them evaluated and treated early on before your toe becomes stiff and painful.
Yes! It’s not just that bunions become unsightly and even embarrassing, but it’s that without proper treatment, your foot structure changes permanently. This can lead to a wide variety of issues, including:
If any of these bunion symptoms sound familiar, Dr. Bullock and the team at Broadway Foot and Ankle Clinic can help get you started on a personalized treatment plan.
Your bunion treatment plan is likely going to begin with conservative therapies. Dr. Bullock may combine any of the following treatments to help you get relief from bunion discomfort.
If you have a more severe bunion though, you may be a candidate for bunion surgery. At Broadway Foot and Ankle Clinic, bunion surgery, a highly individualized procedure, may involve realigning your toe joint by repairing or removing damaged tissues. If needed, Dr. Bullock can fuse bones together to force your bones to stay in proper alignment.
You have plenty of options for bunion relief and even surgical treatment at Broadway Foot and Ankle Clinic. Request your bunion exam online or call the office directly to schedule a visit.