Bunions: What are they? What are my symptoms?

Commonly mistaken for extra bone growth on the side of the big toe joint, bunions are a joint positional deformity of the great toe joint.  Often this deformity is progressive and worsens with time, however it can plague adolescents and adults alike.  Not only is a bunion a deformity, but it’s also an arthritic condition.  As the joint displaces it changes the mechanics of the joint and leads to arthritis with time.  The most common symptoms of a bunion are pain on the bony prominence, achy pain in the joint, difficulty wearing shoes.

Bunions: What are my treatment options?

Treatment for bunions can involve changing the types of shoes you wear, cortisone injections and sometimes bunion pads/splints.  The most common treatment is surgical correction of the deformity.  The physicians at Ankle & Foot Centers of America – Franklin utilize bunion surgery techniques based on the needs of the patient and may include a minimally invasive technique, cutting bone, or even joint fusions.  Bunion surgery typically involves a 2-3 month recovery.

Bunions: When should I seek treatment?

If you are experiencing any form of foot pain, particularly if the symptoms resemble those of a bunion, are perpetual and/or seem to be intensifying, you should see your Ankle & Foot Centers of America podiatrist as soon as possible. Our professional podiatrists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of bunions and their underlying causes. We will assess your situation and discuss your treatment options with you to promptly set you on the path to recovery.

Make an Appointment Today!

For treatment or to learn more about your Bunions and other forms of foot pain, please contact Ankle and Foot Centers of America by dialing (615) 814-0885 or complete an appointment request and we will contact you to get you set up to start your path to living life pain free.

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