What Causes Bunions?

What Causes Bunions: The Culprits of Your PainBunions are painful, sometimes debilitating, deformities of the feet. They hold you hostage, limiting your ability to go about your daily life without discomfort. These develop when the big toe becomes misaligned. The joint at the base of the big toe bulges outward, often becoming irritated, swollen, and painful. Many factors play into the development of this problem. Once you have a bunion, though, there’s no getting rid of it without treatment.

The Main Offender—Your Foot Structure

Your feet are made up of bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. When your structure is not strong or is built differently from what is considered “normal,” your bones are more likely to slide out of alignment with pressure. We put pressure on our feet every day—walking, running, even just standing around. Without sufficient support to keep your feet stable, over time, your toes can get pushed out of position and form bunions.

The Accomplices

Pre-existing conditions that weaken the foot, injuries, and bad shoes may make you more likely to develop a bunion or to exacerbate one that’s already there. Pre-existing conditions could mean many things: bad arches, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle imbalances or nerve damage—anything that puts extra pressure on a weakened or displaced toe joint can influence it to bulge. Though more rare, trauma to the foot could shift the big toe and induce swelling. Poorly fitting footwear, especially if it squeezes the toes, can influence a bunion’s formation and make a developing one worse. Shoes also rub against the bulge and irritate it, making it even more painful.

The Damage

As the joint protrudes more and more to the side of the foot, the bones and soft tissue become progressively more inflamed and uncomfortable. If the big toe gets pushed farther to the side and crowds the other toes, other conditions are more likely to develop, such as corns, calluses, and hammertoes. That painful bump on your toe alone can make it difficult to walk, but if additional problems arise, even moving around could be significantly more challenging. Don’t wait until your foot is deformed and constantly painful to seek help for this condition. The experts at Dallas Podiatry Works are able to offer conservative treatments to both deal with and prevent your foot pain from getting out of control.

Treatments and Taking Precautions

Surgery is the only way to really “fix” a bunion, but many conservative treatments exist to limit its development and reduce pain. Properly fitted and supportive footwear helps relieve the pressure on the toes and holds the foot in proper alignment. Pads reduce pain from the joint rubbing against your shoes. Orthotics can also help stabilize your feet. Foot specialists Drs. Joel Brook, Arroyo, and McClurkin will evaluate your condition to determine the best kind of treatment to deal with your pain and handle your bunion’s growth.

Your feet were not meant to be held hostage by uncomfortable, swollen joints. Bunions are easy to prevent if you are aware of your individual needs for support and foot comfort. Don’t wait until walking inspires agony to seek help for your foot health. Contact Dallas Podiatry Works for more information or to make an appointment to deal with your bunions and other foot concerns. Start by visiting the contact page online, or by calling either conveniently located office: 972.853.7100 for the Dallas office, or (972) 943-3323 for the Plano office.

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Derrick W.

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.

Joseph B.

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.

Jeannette H.

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.

Meryl E.

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.

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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.

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