Bunions

MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatry & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Glendale, CA & Palmdale, CA

Unattractive and painful bumps on the side of your big toe caused by bunions can leave you uncomfortable and self-conscious. With expert help from the team at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists, you can enjoy the appearance and feel of your feet again. With locations in Glendale and Palmdale, California, the team is ready to care for you. Call the nearest office to schedule an appointment or request one online today.

Bunions Q & A

What’s a bunion?

A bunion is a bony bump at the base of your big toe. Bunions develop when the bones of your foot are pushed outward and create a bulge. 

Bunions tend to form slowly over time but can eventually make it hard to wear shoes comfortably. Calluses or corns may form on the skin over the bunion if it’s left untreated.

The team at MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists recommends early treatment for bunions as soon as you notice a bump forming. This can help you avoid pain and the need for surgery if the bunion becomes severe.

What causes bunions?

While the exact cause of bunions is unknown, it’s possible for bunions to form when your big toe is repeatedly pushed in toward your second toe. 

This may be due to wearing poorly fitting shoes, shoes with tight or pointed toe boxes, or high heels. Some medical conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis, increase your risk of developing bunions.

Some cases are caused by genetic components. If this is the case, you may be at a higher risk for other foot and ankle conditions like hammertoes or inherited foot deformities, too.

How can I prevent bunions?

The best way to prevent bunions is to wear shoes that fit well and don’t pinch your feet or press your toes together. If you need to wear specific shoes for your job or playing sports, the team offers custom orthotics to prevent pain.

How do podiatrists treat bunions?

MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists offers both conservative and surgical treatment for bunions. In most cases, conservative treatment is enough to reduce the discomfort and appearance of bunions. Possible conservative treatments include:

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes
  • Padding to avoid irritation when wearing shoes
  • Taping or bracing the big toe for better alignment
  • Special stretches and exercises to strengthen your feet

When surgical correction of a bunion is needed, the team explains which approaches would work best for you to decrease your discomfort and help you get back to normal as quickly as possible.

To schedule a bunion consultation, call MB Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Specialists or request an appointment online today.