- Posted on: Mar 15 2018
A bunion occurs when the base of the large toe thrusts outward toward the first metatarsal bone. A bony and sometimes painful bump will form at the base of the big toe. This is called a bunion. Normally, the toes bend at a joint when you walk. With a bunion, the entire weight of your body will push down on it every time you step. A bunion can also create calluses, and your shoes will likely rub up against it. If you get a bony bump on the base of the little toe, this is known as a bunionette.
How are bunions caused?
Bunions can be genetic and may be due to weak foot structure. Foot issues normally begin in early adulthood then worsen as we age. Bunions can form with arthritis and are more likely to occur in women than men. This is because women wear tighter shoes, like high heels, which exacerbate the problem. If you have one leg that is longer than the other, you may get a bunion on the longer leg. You can also get a bunion if you have flat feet or your foot rolls too much when you walk.
Do I have a bunion?
Examine your foot and notice where the bottom of the large toe connects to it. If there is a bump on your big toe in the opposite direction, you may have a bunion. Bunions can turn red, feel sensitive to the touch, swell, and be painful. Over the years it may feel warm when you touch it and look shiny and red.
Do I need to tell my doctor?
If you have any pain when walking in flat shoes that should feel comfortable, you need to schedule a consultation. During your visit, the doctor may ask when the pain started, if there are particular activities that make the pain worse, if any of the other joints hurt, and what kind of shoes you wear.
Schedule a consultation
If you experience any of the symptoms associated with bunions, don’t hesitate to call Dr. David J. Soomekh today in Beverly Hills, California. Depending on how severe your bunion is, your treatment may be conservative or require surgery. You can reach our office by calling 310.651.2366. Don’t go one more day living with bunion pain.
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