Bunions are common foot deformities that affect approximately 20% of the general population. A bunion is a deformity of the great toe joint that can cause significant pain and disability. These deformities are caused by improper foot alignment, heredity and even improperly fitted shoes. Bunions typically only cause pain when wearing shoes that fit too tightly; but many also experience pain in the joint when walking even without shoes.
There are three main components that make up a bunion:
– Shifting of the metatarsal
– Deviation of the toe
– Bone growth
There are a variety of therapies that can help with your bunion pain. Dr. Fitzner will first make an assessment of your feet and circumstance and choose a treatment that is most appropriate. Therapies may include custom orthotics, splints and pads, shoe alterations and potentially foot surgery. Even if your bunion does not cause pain, it is important to have an assessment done in order to help decrease your need for surgery in the future.