Bunion Treatments - Serving the Greater Pittsburgh Area
Bunions are a common foot issue that, left untreated, can turn into a painful problem.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a large bony bump at the base of the big toe that angles outward. It may be mild or severe, the big toe may be angled sharply or mildly toward your other toes. Your big toe may also feel sore and stiff at the joint or become red and may blister or callous. Sometimes, these symptoms will cause your big toe to turn inward. Depending on what shoes you are trying to wear, bunions can be very painful.
What causes bunions?
Bunions are caused by heredity, flat feet, wearing high heels, and wearing ill-fitting or poorly-shaped shoes. When the largest toe starts to move in the direction of the little toes, bunions can start to form. Women are nearly 10 times more likely to develop bunions than men.
How are bunions diagnosed?
The podiatrists at Beaver Valley Foot Clinic can often diagnose a bunion just by looking at it. We can help you with your foot pain.
If one of the doctors thinks that you will need bunion surgery (bunionectomy) to realign your big toe, surgery may be required. We will X-ray your foot and examine the angle of your bones. The outpatient surgery, called a bunionectomy, takes place using twilight anesthesia.
How are bunions treated?
If bunions are mild, they can often be treated by wearing wider shoes or by placing padding in your shoe. However, if the problem is severe, or if you are diabetic, you can schedule a simple, one-hour outpatient procedure that can have you back into your shoes within three to six weeks. You’ll be able to walk immediately, but will have to wear a special shoe for several weeks.
If you think that you’re suffering from bunions, call Beaver Valley Foot Clinic today. Don’t walk around in pain—while painful, bunions can be treated through simple surgery, and you’ll be up and walking within days!