Is your bunion making normal every day walking a painful chore? You can’t wear the kind of shoes you really want to because of the pain? Have you stopped running or exercising because of pain with pressure on the bump or pain with movement of the big toe joint? Have you delayed seeing a doctor about it because of those horror stories you’ve heard? Maybe it’s time to get accurate information about your condition and treatment options, so you can take your life back and get back to being active again comfortably.
At Kansas City Foot and Ankle we specialize in the conservative and surgical treatment of bunions. Just because you have a bunion doesn’t necessarily mean you need surgery. If it’s not painful at all, let’s at least address the cause of the deformity and prevent it from getting worse.
Contrary to popular belief, bunions are not caused by tight shoes. Tight shoes can cause bunions to be painful, but the cause of the bunion is a lifelong instability in the way the foot functions. A muscle imbalance occurs eventually pulling the great toe toward the second toe and the metatarsal bone behind it moves the other way. The bony prominence that you see is the normal contour of the metatarsal bone. It is the normal bone, but in an abnormal position.
You can take steps to prevent the occurrence of bunions or at least slow down the progression by addressing your inherited instability, usually with custom orthotics. Surgery may be recommended to correct the deformity, especially if it is painful and affecting your lifestyle. Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and most of the time patients are walking right away in a special surgical shoe or boot. A consultation with a specialist at Kansas City Foot and Ankle can help determine the best treatment options for you.