Nearly one-quarter of all adult Americans under the age of 65 suffer from foot bunions. These bony bumps appear on the side of the big toe joint and often cause chronic pain and discomfort. For millions who already have some mobility issues, this adds another obstacle. Fortunately, a myriad of non-invasive treatments is available to alleviate your bunion pain. And if these conservative treatments aren’t sufficient, your foot doctor at Premier Podiatry in Clifton, NJ, also offers bunion surgery. Call today for an appointment to have your bunions evaluated.
Also known as hallux valgus, bunions are the bumps that protrude from the side of your big toe. More than just a bump, bunions represent a misalignment of the bones in the front part of your foot. Your big toe drifts toward your second toe, which forces the joint at the ball of your foot to stick out, leading to foot pain, toe pain and pain in the ball of your foot. Bunions develop gradually, and over time, the deformed toes make it painful to walk or wear certain shoes. Bunions, therefore, affect your mobility.
Sadly, bunions are a widespread condition. About 23 percent of American adults have bunions, including nearly 36 percent of seniors over 65. If you’re suffering from bunion pain, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Velimir Petkov at Premier Podiatry in Clifton, NJ to begin your bunion treatment and start walking freely again.
Bunions develop gradually for a variety of reasons. When your big toe pushes toward the second toe, your bones become misaligned. Despite intensive study, scientists have yet to determine the exact cause of foot bunions. But several factors seem to correlate to their development. While bunions can appear on anyone, the most common risk factors include:
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Although bunions are usually easy to recognize by the location and shape, they can be mistaken for other conditions, such as gout. It’s always wise to get a firm diagnosis from a trained podiatrist to ensure you’re not suffering from a tumor or large wart.
Fortunately, conservative treatments alleviate the vast majority of bunion pain. While these techniques won’t cure your bunions, you can achieve bunion pain relief once you have a clear diagnosis by following your podiatrist’s instructions, which may include:
Conservative treatments may give you some pain relief, but they don’t fix bunions. Several bunion surgical techniques provide a permanent solution. During these procedures, your podiatrist seeks to realign your toe joint, relieve pain and correct toe and joint deformities. Due to the varied nature of foot bunions, several surgical procedures are available, including:
Bunions are a common and painful problem that tends to worsen if not properly treated. Dr. Petkov at Premier Podiatry in Clifton, NJ, diagnoses and develops a treatment plan custom-designed for you. Contact your New Jersey podiatrist to set up your initial consultation.Give Us A Call Today 973-315-5555