Chicagoland Foot and Ankle
Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists & Surgeons located in Beverly/Mt. Greenwood, Portage Park Chicago, IL & Orland Park, IL & New Lenox, IL
Bunions are a common bone deformity that results in pain and, in some cases, immobility. Over time, they grow in size, bulging out from the side of your foot. At Chicagoland Foot and Ankle, with locations in the Beverly/Mt. Greenwood and Portage Park areas of Chicago, as well as Orland Park and New Lenox, Illinois, the board-certified foot and ankle specialists diagnose and treat bunions. To schedule an appointment, book online, or call the nearest office today.
What are bunions?
Bunions are noticeable, bony bumps that develop on the outer edge of your foot at the base of your big toe.
Experts aren’t entirely sure what causes bunions, but it’s thought that a combination of genetics and lifestyle factors play a role. You might also experience bunions if you wear ill-fitting or uncomfortable footwear or have a chronic condition like arthritis.
Bunions also tend to run in families. If your parents or grandparents had them, you’re more likely to as well.
What are the symptoms of bunions?
Common symptoms of bunions include:
- A stiff, immobile big toe
- Toe pain that comes and goes
- Corns or calluses
- A visible bulge near your big toe
As your bunion grows in size, you might also experience redness, soreness, or swelling.
When should I see a specialist about bunions?
Bunions are a common problem that doesn’t always present obvious symptoms. Even so, if you have a bunion, it’s important to seek professional help. When left untreated, bunions may cause other foot-related problems, including hammertoe, bursitis, or chronic pain.
In addition, bunions may cause cosmetic concerns. If your bunions leave you feeling embarrassed, or they make it difficult to find comfortable shoes, make an appointment with the team at Chicagoland Foot and Ankle.
How are bunions diagnosed?
The team at Chicagoland Foot and Ankle diagnoses bunions by physically examining your feet and toes. The majority of bunions are clearly visible to the naked eye.
Following a consultation, your provider orders X-rays. Capturing detailed images of the bones and joints in your feet can help guide treatment.
How are bunions treated?
Treatment for bunions depends on the size and severity of your bunion. Usually, the team at Chicagoland Foot and Ankle recommends conservative measures of care like wearing roomy, comfortable shoes, taking over-the-counter pain medication, and applying ice to your feet regularly. If your pain persists, you might benefit from custom orthotics.
If your bunion causes persistent pain or interferes with your daily activities, surgery may be necessary. Your provider might recommend:
- Removing swollen tissue from around the base of your big toe
- Removing a portion of bone to straighten your big toe
- Joining two or more bones together (fusion)
- Realigning the bones in your forefoot
To access comprehensive treatment for bunions, schedule an appointment at Chicagoland Foot and Ankle. Book a consultation online, or call the nearest office to speak with a friendly staff member today.
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