Not only do bunions make it difficult to find comfortable shoes to wear, but they’re also known for causing widespread foot discomfort. Before living another day with bunion pain, schedule an evaluation at one of Texas Orthopaedic Associates locations in Dallas, Plano, Weatherford, Keller, or Fort Worth, Texas. Click on the online booking feature to schedule your bunion surgery consultation or call the nearest office directly.
BUNION SURGERY Q&A
What is the cause of bunions?
Bunions form for a variety of reasons, from inherited foot shape to daily footwear. You can develop this uncomfortable bony bump at the base of your big toe due to:
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Trauma or injury
You can also develop bunions gradually over time if you frequently wear pointy shoes, high heels, or footwear with little wiggle room in the toe box. These ill-fitting shoes push your big toe out of its natural, straight alignment and force it to rest on top of your second toe.
Over time, scrunching up your big toe in such a manner can cause your joint to permanently change shape. Typically, the only way to correct this joint deformity is through bunion surgery.
What are the symptoms of bunions?
Bunions don’t always cause symptoms, especially in early stages. Because bunions typically progress and get bigger over time though, you might start experiencing:
- Joint stiffness
- Pain and tenderness
- Loss of toe flexibility
As your bunion worsens, you’re going to have a harder time finding shoes that fit around it properly. This can lead to abnormal rubbing, which irritates your skin and can lead to uncomfortable corns and calluses. These are signs that you might need bunion surgery.
What is the treatment for bunions?
The only way to permanently correct a bunion and realign your toe joint is through bunion surgery. While splinting, taping, padding, and physical therapy can all relieve symptoms, they won’t resolve the underlying problem: your joint deformity.
The highly skilled orthopaedic surgeons at Texas Orthopaedic Associates, can realign your toe joint and correct your bunion using minimally invasive techniques. During your bunion surgery, your surgeon can repair tendons and ligaments around your big toe, remove damaged tissues, or insert screws or plates to hold your bones in proper alignment.
In some cases, you can even start walking on your treated foot shortly after surgery. Your dedicated surgeon at Texas Orthopaedic Associates, has you check in regularly to ensure your bunion surgery is effective, and you’re healing and progressing properly.