Bunions are common foot problems, but they can make walking or wearing shoes difficult and painful without treatment. The experienced providers offer comprehensive care for bunions at Family Foot & Ankle Center in Upland, California. Call the office or book an appointment online today for expert bunion treatment. The team looks forward to helping you get back on your feet.

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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 independently, and some progress more quickly than others. The team will carefully evaluate your bunion and create 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, your provider can help.

Are bunions painful?

Not always. Over time, if left untreated, bunions can certainly become painful and uncomfortable. The signs and symptoms you experience with a bunion depend on your condition’s severity.

What causes bunions?

Most bunions result from 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?

Your provider may be able to diagnose a bunion by visually examining your foot and asking about your symptoms. To fully evaluate your condition, they may take an X-ray. Then, they will recommend 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
  • Modifying your activities
  • Using orthotic devices
  • Icing the bunion
  • Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications

Surgery may be necessary if you continue to experience pain and difficulty walking despite conservative treatment.

To find relief from the pain and symptoms of a bunion, call Family Foot & Ankle Center or book an appointment online today.