A bunion is an enlarged growth of bone or tissue on the side of the big toe. It appears as a displacement deformity of the big toe and may affect one or both feet. The formation of bunions is common, more so in women than men. It’s probably due to the added pressure placed on this area of the foot from narrow tight fitting high heels. Injury may also be a contributing factor as well as heredity. You may be at higher risk for developing bunions if you have certain types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout, or have multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy.
Bunions develop because of abnormal structure of the foot and mechanics that place too much stress on the big toe area. This causes ligaments and other tissues to stretch thereby allowing the big toe to deviate and pull toward the second toe.
When a bunion first begins to form, there may be little or no pain, but as the area begins to enlarge and become more pronounced, the large toe begins to point more toward the other toes. The deformity becomes more noticeable and swelling and inflammation worsen. Pain may spread to the other toes as the big toe continues to curve. The painful pressure may come from the inflamed joint itself or be triggered by external pressure from shoes. The formation of a bunion may cause excessive friction from the shoes which can lead to additional complications. Calluses, corns and ingrown toenails may also occur.
Bunions worsen with time so early detection is important. Your doctor will need to determine and discuss with you the best course of treatment based on the severity of your case. If you have diabetes, your feet are at additional risk with the development of these conditions, and you should contact Drs. Joel Brook, Arroyo, and McClurkin immediately at 972.853.7100 Dallas, or (972) 943-3323 Baylor/Plano. The doctors and staff at Dallas Podiatry Works can have your feet back to good health in no time!
The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.