What is a Bunion?
Bunions, also known as a “hallax valgus deformity”, are a condition that causes the big toe of the foot to point outward. Bunions typically occur slowly over time but the pain will increase as the deformity gets worse and it may be difficult to walk, wear shoes or be active. In many cases, bone spurs will also form in the joint of the big toe and cause pain when walking or bearing weight. This condition is thought to affect those who wear tight shoes or high heels, but this condition can also be caused by repetitive actions with improper balance such as running or sports. Deformities in the foot or arthritis have also been known to cause Bunions.
If you have a Bunion you may experience the following symptoms:
- A visible bump on the big toe
- The appearance of the first and second toe being closer together (crowding)
- Swelling, tenderness or redness of the big toe
- Pain when bearing weight
- Stiffness in the big toe
At OSS Health, our Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists have helped thousands of patients with Bunions live active and healthy lives using the latest non-surgical and surgical procedures.
How are Bunions Treated at OSS Health?
In most cases, the Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists at OSS Health are able to treat Bunions without surgery. Non-surgical treatment options can include:
- Taping or padding of the foot
- Changes in footwear
- Shoe inserts (orthotics)
- Anti-inflammatory medications
In severe cases, a procedure known as a Bunionectomy may be recommended to correct the bone deformity in the toe and relieve pain.