Many people with bunions experience pain and discomfort, unfortunately. Bunions can easily become inflamed and painful as the interior of the shoes rubs against them throughout the day. If bunions are causing you pain, we can help. Dr. Ketan Patel, the board-certified podiatric surgeon at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia in Marietta, GA, treats bunions. The doctor can develop an individualized treatment plan to help you experience lasting relief from bunion pain.
How Bunions Develop
Bunions are bony protrusions that form on the side of the foot just below the base of the big toe. A common reason for the development of bunions is dislocation of the metatarsophalangeal toe joint. Many different factors can cause the joint to become dislocated, such as:
- Regularly wearing tight or narrow shoes, including high heels
- Sustaining an injury to the big toe or foot
- Having a structural deformity of the foot
- Arthritis and other medical conditions
When the metatarsophalangeal toe joint shifts out of place, it causes the big toe to slant toward the smaller toes. The bony end of the joint then slants in the opposite direction and ends up pressing against the side of the foot. The hard bony bump that forms is known as a bunion. Since bunions stick out, the shoes readily rub against them and produce friction. This often results in inflammation of the bunions, which can be painful.
Treatments for Bunions
The only way to get rid of bunions is with professional treatment. Bunions do not just go away on their own. If not treated, bunions can become increasingly more painful as the inflammation gets worse. Additionally, hammertoe and other foot problems can develop as a result of untreated bunions. The experienced podiatric surgeon at our ankle and foot center in Marietta, GA, treats bunions utilizing a variety of highly effective methods, including:
- Special padding or cushioning inside footwear to minimize friction
- An orthotic device for stabilizing the toe joint and correcting foot positioning
- Foot exercises to improve joint mobility and function, as well as prevent stiffness
- Footwear with enough room to accommodate bunions with minimal friction
- Night splints for realigning the dislocated toe joint while sleeping
- Bunion surgery (bunionectomy) to remove bunions
- Surgery to realign the metatarsophalangeal toe joint
- Removing corns and calluses on the feet
If bunions are causing you pain, our skilled podiatrist can recommend specific treatment options to provide relief and eliminate the bunions. For the treatment of bunions in Marietta, GA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel by calling Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia at (770) 952-5300.