Have you ever heard of a bunion? It’s a foot deformity that occurs when the big toe joint becomes misaligned. According to Cleveland Clinic, “…up to 1 in 3 Americans have bunions. The foot problem is more common in older adults, especially women.”
What are Bunions?
A bunion is an abnormal growth located on the outside of your big toe that disrupts the foot’s natural structure. This bony growth develops over time and protrudes outward in a way that can make walking, standing, and even wearing shoes uncomfortable.
A bunion can form on one or both feet. Sometimes a bunion’s formation can cause other foot issues, including the development of corns and calluses.
Undergoing surgery to remove a bunion is the most ideal option if your bunion is causing you significant pain and/or negatively affecting your overall mobility.
Only Way to Fully Fix Bunions
Surgery is the only way to fix—and permanently eliminate—a bunion. During bunion surgery, our doctor will remove the bunion and realign the big toe joint. The surgical procedure you undergo will likely depend on the severity of the bunion itself, as well as the condition of the bones and connective tissue surrounding the joint.
Needs to be Done if the Bunion is Painful
For some people, bunions are a minor inconvenience. For others, the bunion can cause significant immense toe pain. If your bunion is both cumbersome and painful, and if bunion pads and/or custom orthotics are not offering you adequate pain relief, you may wish to consider talking to Dr. Gilmore about bunion surgery.
Let Us Fix Your Bunion!
Here at Capital Podiatry Associates, we are passionate about helping our patients get the relief they’re seeking from the foot/ankle ailments they are experiencing. When it comes to bunions, we understand that these growths can not only be frustrating but also very painful. Bunions are complex in that they can’t be reversed or go away on their own without treatment. Dr. Leland Gilmore would be happy to evaluate your bunion(s), answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide recommended treatment options.
Dr. Gilmore and his team at Capital Podiatry Associates are here for you. If you have a bunion, please get in touch with us. Our office is conveniently located at 8101 Hinson Farm Road, Suite 301 in Alexandria, Virginia. You may fill out our online contact form on our website or call us at 703-560-3773. We look forward to serving you and providing you with the best foot and ankle care possible.