Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence
Kenneth J. D'Ortone, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatrist located in Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
If you’ve noticed that your shoes no longer fit correctly or you’re having trouble walking because of pain near your big toe, you may have a bunion. Kenneth J. D’Ortone, DPM, at the Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence in Philadelphia offers help dealing with the pain of a bunion. Call the office or use the online booking feature to schedule your appointment today.
Bunion Q & A
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a bump that forms on your big toe. It forms at the joint at the base of your big toe and pushes the joint out of position.
Bunions can be painful and irritating while walking, and the skin on the bunion may be red and inflamed. Dr. D’Ortone examines your foot to determine if you have a bunion.
What are the symptoms of a bunion?
You may suspect you have a bunion if you notice redness or irritation on your big toe. Other signs and symptoms of a bunion may include:
- Bulging on the outside of your big toe
- Soreness in the affected joint
- Persistent pain in the affected toe
- Decreased movement in the toe
Because you can notice a physical change in your foot from a bunion, they are generally easy to diagnose. Dr. D’Ortone suggests treatment options for pain management and bunion removal during your consultation.
When should I see a doctor about my bunion?
You should schedule an appointment with Dr. D’Ortone if the pain in your bunion is severe enough to stop you from walking normally or if you’re unable to find comfortable shoes. Dr. D’Ortone recommends seeking treatment as soon as you notice the bunion as early detection and treatment will help keep the pain from worsening.
What causes bunions?
The true cause of bunions is unknown, but improper shoe size, inherited foot problems, or injuries can contribute to the development of a bunion.
Bunions are also thought to be associated with arthritis. Additionally, wearing shoes that are too tight or too narrow may force your toes to be overly crowded, putting your toes at an increased risk of developing bunions.
How are bunions treated?
While bunions usually require no medical treatment, Dr. D’Ortone can offer suggestions for easing your foot pain associated with the bunion.
The first treatment is changing your shoes. Your shoes should have plenty of room for your toes to move freely. He may also recommend taping your toe into the correct position. This will provide relief from the pain.
If you continue to have pain from your bunion, surgery to remove the bony bump and realign your bones is another treatment Dr. D’Ortone may recommend. After surgery, you’ll still need to wear shoes with more room for your toes. Dr. D’Ortone explains which treatment he thinks will work best and discusses how you would like to proceed.
A painful bunion can cause you to miss out on the activities in your life, but doesn’t have to any longer. Call the Center for Foot and Ankle Excellence or schedule an appointment online today.