What is a Bunion?

A bunion occurs when the joint in the big toe becomes enlarged and sticks out, forming a bump on the big toe.

What Causes Bunions?

Common bunion causes include:

  • Foot injuries
  • Birth defects

Bunions can also develop from footwear that is too tight or too narrow.

Bunion Symptoms

Symptoms of a bunion include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • A bump on the base of the big toe
  • Swelling or redness around the big toe
  • Calluses
  • Foot pain

Bunion Treatment

The SOS team includes both podiatrists and foot doctors who are experienced in providing treatment for patients who have developed a bunion.

If untreated, a bunion can result in complications and other medical issues. Bunions can sometimes develop in to one of the following conditions:

  • Bursitis
  • Hammertoe
  • Metatarsalgia

Because a bunion can result in additional medical problems, it's important to speak to an SOS foot doctor or podiatrist about bunion treatment options.

Bunion treatment options include, but are not limited to:

  • Changing shoes to fit more comfortably
  • Shoe inserts
  • Applying a splint to reduce foot pain
  • Pain medications

Considering the above treatment options, our commitment to total orthopedic care includes the SOS Shop. The SOS Shop includes footwear that may provide the bunion treatment and foot pain relief that you or your loved one need.

Are You or Your Loved One a Good Candidate for Bunion Surgery?

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists prioritizes conservative bunion treatment. However, if progress and desired symptom relief is not achieved with conservative treatments, bunion surgery may be necessary.

Bunion surgery may include removing swollen tissue located around the joint in the big toe. Other bunion surgery options can include making the big toe straight by removing part of the bone. Bunion surgery could involve realignment of the bone between the back part of the foot and the big toe, fixing the abnormal angle in the big toe joint.

Determining which type of bunion surgery is best for you or your loved one depends on personal health factors.The foot surgeon team at SOS is experienced in performing bunion surgery. An SOS foot doctor can discuss treatment options, and determine if bunion surgery is right for you or your loved one.

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