While bunions are common, their underlying causes are unclear. Research has shown correlations in bunion incidences and the following factors:
• Inherited Foot Traits (Flat Feet, Low Arches, and lose tendons and joints are more prone)
• Congenital deformity
• Injury to the foot
Although an injury to the foot or the consistent wearing of narrow-toed shoes can be a trigger, hereditary factors play the largest role. Regardless of the immediate cause, bunion pain is important to understand so that you can better identify what the best relief treatment will be for you. At Muroff Podiatry in Ronkonkoma, we can help you on your road to recovery and answer any questions you may have. While some cases can be fixed with simple solutions of better footwear, others may require more extensive steps by your doctor to ease the pain.
The underlying root of this problem is caused by a joint deformity at the base of the toe. Identified as Hallux Valgus, the condition pushes the bones of the big toe against the small toes. As a result, the overlying skin experiences thickening and inflammation of the tissues on the bone joint.
Pain is the main symptom that results from this condition, but in effect other parallels may occur; such things include swelling, inflammation, deformity of the second toe, arthritis occurring in the big toe, and misplacement of the second toe. In addition, as the condition proceeds, it may prove especially difficult to find shoes that will be able to support the wideness of the bunion.
Common treatments begin with supportive footwear and identifying what types of shoes to stay away from. The use of padding and ice packs over the affected area can also ease discomfort in some conditions. Medication and specialized surgeries can also be used in effect for direct target pain. Muroff Podiatry of Ronkonkoma uses the latest in podiatric medicine to aid your long-term footcare. See how we can help you today!