The telltale sign of a bunion is a bump on the side of the big toe. But the bump that you see is actually only an outward reflection of the real problem: changes in the bony framework of the front part of the foot. Bunions may or may not be painful but they are a progressive condition that requires medical attention. At Blue Ridge Foot & Ankle Clinic our board certified podiatrists, Dr. Stewart M. Chang and Dr. Kevin P. Murray will take the time to conduct a thorough examination of your foot to diagnose a bunion.
Signs and Symptoms
In addition to the bump on the side of the big toe, there are other symptoms which may occur at the site of the bunion:
- Inflammation and redness
- Soreness or pain
- Burning sensation
You may notice the symptoms more when wearing shoes that have a tight toe box or high heels that force your toes to be compressed in the front of the shoe. Even with all of these symptoms and the bump, our podiatrists may also order a digital x-ray to determine the extent of the deformity.
There are treatments that are aimed at reducing the pain and discomfort of bunions. These include: wearing shoes with a wide toe box that won’t cramp the toes, padding the bunion, reducing standing time, orthotics, and oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen. Icing the bunion may also provide relief. All of these treatments, however, will not correct the underlying problem. If your bunion is severe and impacting your ability to function on a daily basis, our podiatric doctors may recommend surgery.
If you are suffering with a bunion, don’t wait. Contact us at our Fishersville or Charlottesville office to schedule a consultation today. You’ll be glad you did.