Bunions can be painful and unsightly. Our team of doctors, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help to treat this condition. Come visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.
Bunions act to misalign the big toe and generally affect the inside of the foot adjacent to the big toe. They are painful and bony and most common in women because shoes generally cause the condition and those shoes tend to be tight and narrow. The toe can become swollen because these tight-fitting shoes force toes to bend in unnatural ways and push inwardly. Although they start out small, bunions can get larger over time. This is exasperated when wearing narrow fitting shoes. The bigger the bunion gets, the more painful and harder it will be to walk.
The more Bunions get larger and deformed, the harder it will become to treat them without surgery. Shoes with wider toe boxes are a simple yet reliable solution because the extra space stops the toes from bending inward and scuffing against each other. Pads placed in your shoes can ensure that bunions don’t return post-surgery. Medicines are especially helpful such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories which can help reduce pain and swelling. Surgery for a bunion will be required when pain makes it very difficult to walk even though new shoes and medicines are being taken. Surgery will act to realign the bone, ligaments, tendons and/or nerves so that the big toe can move back to its correct location. Surgery is a major solution; however, it will be necessary for those of you with bunions who don’t take precautionary measures timely. Recovery can last up to a year in severe situations.
If you have bunions that are large and causing pain, contact our office today for an appointment as soon as possible. You will have a better quality of life for doing so since treating bunions earlier on is of utmost importance for your general foot and ankle health.