Bunions are toe deformities that cause the big toe to bend towards the other toes at the large joint creating a bony bump on the top or side of the toe (or both). A similar condition that causes the pinky toe to bend is called a bunionette. While bunions don’t always cause pain or other problems in the early stages, when left untreated, the bending gets worse and other toe and foot problems will occur.
Some other toe problems that are often associated with bunions include the following:
- Over and underlapping toes—As the big toe pushes into the other toes causing under or overlapping toe problems which can make it hard to wear shoes and walk. Rubbing and blistering can also occur.
- Skin conditions—Corns and calluses can develop on the bunion creating further pain and discomfort.
- Hammertoes—When you have a bunion on your big toe, it also increases the likelihood of developing hammertoe problems with the second and third toes.
- Ingrown toenails—A bunion can increase pressure on the toenail contributing to the occurrence of ingrown toenails.
Treatments for bunions
Some methods you can use to treat your bunions and alleviate the pain and discomfort include doing physical therapy foot and toe exercises to increase toe strength and flexibility, wearing properly fitted shoes with a wide toe box, and using insulating pads and straightening devices to pull the big toe into alignment.
If you are experiencing bunion complications, see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Getting the bunion properly treated in the early stages can help prevent future complications. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Kathleen Pyatak-Hugar, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.