A bunion is a painful lump of bony tissue that appears at the base of your big toe. Javeria Hussaini, DPM, knows how quickly bunions can affect your ability to walk without pain, which is why she delivers personalized treatments at her practice in the Duboce Triangle neighborhood of San Francisco, California. As an experienced podiatrist, Dr. Hussaini offers both surgical and nonsurgical approaches to bunion care. To schedule a visit, call the office or book an appointment online now.
Bunions are hard, bony lumps that develop on the joint located at the base of your big toe. They bulge outward, affecting your ability to walk or feel comfortable in shoes. Over time, bunions pull the tip of your big toe toward your other four toes, squishing them together.
Without treatment, bunions tend to grow larger, making it difficult to find shoes that fit without causing pain. The skin surrounding your bunion can become red and blistered. Early intervention aims to restore alignment to your big toe to relieve pain and discomfort.
While a large, bony bump on the base of your big toe is the most obvious sign on a bunion, but other common symptoms include:
The longer you wait to seek treatment for a bunion, the more likely you are to experience painful and uncomfortable symptoms, so it’s important to talk to Dr. Hussaini about your treatment options at the first sign of a bunion.
Women are more likely to get bunions because they tend to wear more narrow shoes, such as high-heels or flats. Repeatedly squishing the toes together in narrow shoes pulls the big toe toward the rest of your toes over time, raising your risk of developing bunions.
Certain foot injuries, inherited foot shapes, and gaits can also lead to bunions. You’re more likely to have bunions as you age if you have a chronic joint condition, such as arthritis.
How Dr. Hussaini treats your bunions depends on the severity of your condition. To prevent bunions from growing, you should schedule a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Hussaini, where she’ll check your foot shape, gait, and shoes to see what’s causing your painful bunions.
Wearing comfortable, breathable shoes can help relieve pain caused by bunions. Dr. Hussaini recommends orthotic inserts, which mold to the shape of your foot to support and cushion your feet when you walk.
If conservative treatments don’t relieve your pain, surgery may be the right option for you. Dr. Hussaini can either remove inflamed tissue from around the base of your big toe or realign the bones in your forefoot to straighten the joint.
She may also recommend joining the bones surrounding your affected joint to relieve pressure and pain from the side of your toe.
If you’re struggling with painful, inflamed bunions, call Dr. Hussaini at her office or schedule an appointment online today.