Bunions aren’t necessarily dangerous, but when they become problematic and inflamed, they can place considerable limitations on your life. To remedy painful bunions, Christopher Yardan, DPM, offers nonsurgical and surgical treatments at his practice in Wallingford, Connecticut, The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery. To explore your options in bunion treatments, please call the office or use the online scheduler.
A bunion, which is medically known as hallux abducto valgus, is a bony protrusion on the inside of your foot at the base of your big toe. At its core, a bunion signifies a problem in your first metatarsal, which drifts inward as your big toe drifts outward.
As this retrograde buckling continues, the bony prominence becomes larger and your big toe can even begin to push over or under your second toe. And bunions are almost always progressive if you don’t seek intervention.
There are many reasons why bunions develop, but footwear tops the list. Shoes with narrow toe boxes that cram your toes together force your metatarsophalangeal joint out of alignment. And high-heeled shoes tend to exacerbate the issue, which may be why more women suffer from bunions than men.
Outside of footwear, heredity plays a role. If you were born with a foot structure that favors bunions, you’re more prone to developing them.
Lastly, certain forms of arthritis can lead to the formation of bunions, especially rheumatoid arthritis.
When you first see Dr. Yardan, he uses advanced imaging to get a clearer picture of the positioning of your bones. If your bunions aren’t severe, there’s much that Dr. Yardan can do to slow the progression of the bunion, including:
To alleviate the pain, Dr. Yardan recommends using ice and anti-inflammatory medications.
If your bunion is advanced, Dr. Yardan may recommend a surgical solution. There’s no one-size-fits-all surgical solution when it comes to bunions, but there are options to remedy most every problematic bunion. Dr. Yardan takes into account the severity of your bunion, mobility issues, and any comorbidities before suggesting the right surgical solution.
As a board-certified surgeon specializing in foot reconstruction, Dr. Yardan understands which surgical options are best for each situation, and he reviews these options with you to help you make the best choice possible.
Depending upon the extent of the surgery, you should expect some recovery time that includes limited mobility. In some cases, a surgical boot is enough, but in more complex surgeries, you may not be able to bear weight on your foot for a few weeks or even a few months.
For experienced bunion care, call The Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery or request a consultation using the online booking tool.