Why You Should Treat Bunions Early

Statistics show that 38 out of 1000 females and 8 out of 1000 males have bunions. This is a fairly common condition affecting 4.4 million Americans in a given year.

Fortunately in most cases, bunions are asymptomatic, meaning the bunion doesn’t cause any pain or discomfort. A lot of patients have their bunions for many years and don’t experience any disturbing symptoms or foot pain.

But it is important to know that a bunion is progressive condition, the bump on your foot will slowly but surely get worsen in time. The big toe will slowly bend inwards, in worse cases the big toe could over lap the second toe.  Wearing poorly fitting shoes and engaging in certain sports that require tight fitting shoes can hasten the progression of a bunion.

Other possible complications that can occur with bunions are: Metatarsalgia and bursitis. Metatarsalgia is the painful swelling and inflammation of the balls of the foot. Bursitis occurs when the bursas, which are fluid filled pads that cushion the bones, get irritated and get inflamed. Also, hammertoes can form. Hammer toes are an abnormal bending of the middle joints of the toes and this abnormal bending puts pressure in the toes causing pain.

What to do about bunions?

If you have bunions it is advisable to visit a podiatrist. Most of the time, patients seek medical help when their bunions are causing pain. In this case, pain is usually difficult to treat. Pain medications are given and other modalities are done to alleviate pain and the pain really never goes away.  The key in handling bunions is to have your foot checked as soon as you suspect you have a bunion. This way, you can be advised what to do on how to slow down or even stop the bunion’s progression. The important thing in treating bunions is to prevent it from reaching its painful and deforming stages.

In more advanced bunions, bunionectomy may be needed. There are kinds of surgeries to treat bunions. One is minimally invasive bunion surgery which only involves a very small incision, less scarring, less painful, and quicker recovery time. 

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