Treating Your Bunions
Bunions are a common foot condition, but many people don't realize what they are. You might be surprised to learn that you have them! Dr. Cherrie Cendric and Dr. Todd Cendric, the podiatrists at Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care in Greensburg and Irwin, PA, are here to explain what bunions are and how they might affect your feet in this article.
Bunions in brief
Bunions, also known as hallux valgus, sound worse than what most of them are: a hard lump or protrusion on the inside of the foot, just below the big toe. Contrary to what you might think, they're not made from extra bone, tissue, or fluid buildup. A bunion happens when the joint in that area of the foot begins to push itself out of alignment. Although some people do not experience any problems, many people with bunions visit their Greensburg and Irwin podiatrist with joint pain or friction-related injuries.
Basis of bunions
About 40 percent of people over 65 have bunions, making them a condition that tends to happen to older people, women especially. This is thought to be a result of the shape and construction of women's footwear, in particular high heels. The narrow toe box crowds the foot, putting pressure on the big toe and causing the joint to push outwards. Research has also indicated that bunions are an inherited problem, meaning if your mother or father dealt with bunions as they aged, you may be likely to experience the same thing.
Toe joint treatment
As your Greensburg and Irwin podiatrist mentioned above, bunions may not cause any problems for some people. For others, extra cushioning or shoe inserts may help to take some of the pressure off. Others may find that upgrading their shoes to a larger size or a roomier width can make a big difference. For those who are still experiencing problems after these treatments have been tried, surgery to remove the bunion and realign the joint can be helpful.
If you have an uncomfortable bunion, Dr. Cherrie Cendric and Dr. Todd Cendric want to hear from you! Contact Westmoreland Foot & Ankle Care in Greensburg and Irwin, PA to schedule an appointment today!