Bunions Specialist

Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists

Podiatrist located in Sugar Land, TX

Bunions start out small but eventually become painful and cumbersome. Severe bunions irritate the surrounding skin and cause pain and swelling. However, bunions don’t have to slow you down. Nesha Prasla, DPM, and the team at Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists in Sugar Land, Texas, work extensively with people experiencing bunions. Find relief from your painful bunions by calling our offices or booking an appointment online today.

Bunions Q & A

What are bunions?

Forming on the joint at the base of the big toe, a bunion is a bony bump protruding from the joint. Bunions occur when your big toe pushes against the toe next to it, forcing the toe out of alignment and pushing the bone out. Bunions can happen on either side of the toe box but most commonly are found below the big toe. 

What are the symptoms of bunions?

When bunion symptoms occur, they usually happen well after the initial bump forms. Over time, an untreated bunion becomes more severe, causing:

  • Soreness or burning around the bunion
  • Redness, stiffness, and swelling around the big toe joint
  • Restricted movement of the big toe
  • Hammertoes or calluses at the ball of the foot
  • Corns or skin irritations where the bunion forces toes to overlap

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Prasla if you’re experiencing bunion symptoms to relieve discomfort.

What causes bunions?

Bunions form when the larger joint of the big toe becomes misaligned. There are many factors that can contribute to the formation of bunions, such as an abnormal gait, rheumatoid arthritis, or previous foot injury or trauma. Wearing ill-fitting shoes and high heels may also cause bunions.

Having neuromuscular conditions, like cerebral palsy, increases the risk of developing bunions.

How are bunions treated?

Bunions only need treatment once they begin to cause symptoms. There are many non-surgical treatment options for bunions, but once the symptoms are severe and persistent, it may be necessary to correct the misalignment with surgery.

At-home bunion treatments

For minor bunion issues, these strategies may help alleviate the pain and swelling caused by bunions:

  • Remove shoes and elevate feet
  • Apply an ice pack
  • Soak your feet in cool water to reduce swelling
  • Alternatively, soak your feet in warm water for big toe stiffness
  • Stretch your foot to maintain flexibility

If home remedies don’t offer relief, Dr. Prasla may suggest medication or shoe inserts.

Medications

Simple over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen can ease bunion pain. In more severe cases, steroid injections can alleviate the swelling.

Shoe inserts

Shoe inserts may reduce pain and help to realign your toe joints by either padding the bunion from the outside or aligning your foot into a proper position. 

Bunion pads and toe spacers are available at most drugstores and can keep your bunion from rubbing against the side of your shoe, causing irritation. Toe spacers are placed between your toes to help correct the toe joint’s position and prevent further irritation of the bunion. 

There are also custom-made appliances that provide bunion relief, including night splints and slip-on inserts, which both keep bunions from worsening.

Choosing proper footwear with larger toe boxes and short heels, as well as physical therapy, are additional ways to alleviate bunion pain. 

If you’ve been experiencing bunion pain, swelling, and stiffness, there are treatment options. Use the convenient online booking tool or call the office to schedule an appointment today with Metro Foot and Ankle Specialists.