Bunions shift the big toe joint out of place, causing pain, mobility issues, and other complications. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona, diagnostic evaluations are available to assess the severity of bunions, and skilled podiatrists Antonius Su, DPM, and Alex Stewart, DPM, use nonsurgical therapies to prevent them from worsening. They can also use minimally invasive surgical techniques to realign your big toe joint. Call the Chandler, Arizona, office to schedule a bunion consultation today, or book an appointment online.
Bunions are abnormal bumps on the side of your foot near the joint of your big toe. Bunions typically start small but can grow large enough to bend your big toe sideways toward your other toes.
You might be susceptible to bunions if you have a family history of the condition. You may also be at increased risk of bunions due to:
A bunionette is similar to a bunion, but the abnormal bump forms on the base of your little toe joint. This condition often results from hereditary biomechanical issues in the foot.
Without treatment, bunions progressively worsen and cause joint deformities that can make wearing shoes difficult and painful.
Schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona if you develop an abnormal bump on your big toe. You should also seek medical attention if the bump causes symptoms like:
Calluses, patches of thickened skin, can also be a side effect of bunions when your toes rub against each other.
Your podiatrist evaluates your toe to confirm you have a bunion. They may request X-rays to assess the severity of the bend in your joint.
Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona offers several treatment options for bunions. The podiatry team focuses on easing your pain and other symptoms and correcting the abnormal bend in your toe joint.
In the early stages, treatment options for bunions include:
You can also take over-the-counter medications to alleviate inflammation and pain. Your provider may recommend exercises to keep your big toe flexible.
If your joint deformity is severe, you may need surgery to realign your toe joint. Minimally invasive surgery involves removing inflamed tissue around the joint and a portion of bone to straighten your toe.
Your surgeon may also fuse two or more bones to limit the movement of your joint.
Call Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona today to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for a bunion, or book an appointment online.