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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 Dr. Joel Brook and Dr. David Northcutt 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) 566-7474 for the Dallas office, or (972) 943-3323 for the Plano office.

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"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 care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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