Bunions happen when the big toe moves in the direction of the second toe because of a change in bone structure resulting in a rigid and bony bump at the bottom of the large toe, which is the location of where it connects to the foot. Our podiatrists, 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., have many years of experience treating bunions and can provide you with the proper care you need to stop bunions before they get out of control. You can reach us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860)-563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Our Patient Education section has further information about this and many other conditions.
Medical professionals may choose to have you undergo an x-ray to diagnose a bunion if they suspect it could be present. This method shows the distance that the big toe joint has travelled from the other toes. An MRI may also be utilized if the bone deformity is so advanced that it may cause other complications, such as fractures or nerve swelling. MRI’s are especially useful since they work through a magnetic field and wireless waves to generate multi-dimensional images of the injured foot.
Complications from this condition result in misalignment and thereafter metatarsalgia (swelling of the ball of the foot) or neuromas (swelling of a nerve between feet and toes). Those with this condition may not be able to where their usual shoes due to toes overlapping. Therefore, prompt treatment is required to prevent this condition from progressing to a point where normal shoes cannot be worn.
Early treatment of this condition can prevent later complications. When bunions get to an advanced state, they can severely hinder mobility and cause pain during normal routine activities. For these and many more reasons, please contact us at your convenience if you suspect that you may be developing a bunion and we will do our best to make sure that your bunion doesn’t stop you!