Bunions Specialist

North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists -  - Podiatrist

North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in North Florida, Gainesville, FL & North Florida, Lake City, FL

Bunions are a common foot problem that affects people of all ages. Often, they respond to conservative treatments, but if you regularly experience foot pain, don’t wait to seek professional help. At North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists, Joshua Epstein, DPM, AACFAS, FACPM, and Sarina Epstein, DPM, AACFAS, offer comprehensive care for bunions. To make an appointment at the office in Gainesville or Lake City, Florida, call the nearest office or click the online booking feature today.

Bunions Q & A

What are bunions?

A bunion is a hard, bony bump that forms on the outer edge of your foot at the base of your big toe. It occurs when the bones at the front of your foot become misaligned, pushing the bone at the bottom of your big toe outward. 

Bunions are a progressive disorder, meaning they develop slowly over an extended period. Anyone can experience a bunion, but they’re especially common in people who wear tight shoes that push the toes together.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

Symptoms of bunions include:

  • Pain or stiffness
  • Inflammation and redness
  • A burning sensation
  • Numbness

As the bunion gets bigger, you might also experience difficulty bending your toe or putting weight on your affected foot.

What causes bunions?

Most bunions occur due to an inherited structural abnormality. For example, if you’re born with flat feet, or you have an unusual gait, you’re more likely to experience a bunion.

The type of shoes you wear can also increase your risk of a bunion. If you wear shoes without an adequate toe box, it can affect the alignment of the bones in your feet. 

How are bunions diagnosed?

To diagnose a bunion, North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms, including their severity and if any activities like standing or wearing a specific pair of shoes make them worse.

Next, your provider carefully examines your foot, looking for signs of a visible bony bump. They might also order a series of X-rays to assess the severity and to determine the type of treatment that benefits you most.

How are bunions treated?

North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists typically recommends non-surgical treatment to manage bunions. For example, you might benefit from:

  • Wearing more comfortable shoes
  • Bunion pads
  • Activity modification
  • Over-the-counter medication
  • Icing 
  • Custom orthotics
  • Corticosteroid injections

If non-surgical treatments aren’t enough to ease your symptoms, or the pain from your bunion interferes with your ability to work or do other routine activities, surgery might be necessary. During bunion surgery, your North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists provider removes the bunion and realigns the bones in your toe.

To learn more about the treatment of bunions, make an appointment at North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling the nearest office today or clicking the online booking feature.