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By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
February 14, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

Is there a knob  on the side of your big toe? Is it hard and bony? If that's the case, you may have a bunion and your Madison and BunionStoughton, WI, podiatrist Dr. Neal Katz can help.

More About Bunions

Bunions are a bone deformity that affects your metatarsophalangeal joint. They affect your walking because of friction and pressure that makes it painful to walk.

If you start to notice the joint of your big toe becoming larger, then you may be suffering from a bunion. Bunion protrusions can be very painful and other issues such as flat feet, foot injuries and neuromuscular problems may contribute to their formation.

Causes of Bunions

The problem with bunions is that they can cause the formation of other toe deformities, such as hammertoes, bursitis, corns and calluses.

Bunions are usually formed because of tight, narrow shoes and high heels, occupational foot stress, genetics  and  certain foot types, foot trauma, or injury and rheumatoid arthritis.

Bunion Treatments

Your Madison and Stoughton doctor may recommend an orthotic device designed to keep your toe in the proper position. If your doctor needs to take a more invasive approach, they may do the following:

  • Straightening your foot and big toe
  • Remove swollen tissue around the joint
  • Fuse your big toe joints together
  • Remove some bone in the big toe

Before resorting to surgery, there are conservative methods to help treat bunions, such as:

  • Taping foot to support bunion and cushioning it
  • Changing to wide, supportive shoes, or sandals, instead of tight, narrow shoes
  • Orthotic device (over-the-counter and/or custom made)
  • Certain exercises that help prevent stiffness, or arthritis
  • Splints for nighttime wear
  • Wearing shoe inserts, or padding to cushion bunion and reduce friction

Bunions are painful. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, just call your Madison and Stoughton, WI, podiatrist Dr. Neal Katz today!

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