People who enjoy running or jogging may be concerned if a bunion develops. A bunion is a bony protrusion that forms on the side of the big toe and is uncomfortable while wearing shoes. As the bunion grows, it may alter the foot structure, and cause the other toes to shift toward each other. A bunion is considered to be a deformity and may cause pain and discomfort. Runners may have to alter their gait to accommodate the bunion, and medical attention is often sought so their running or jogging routine may resume to normal. A common cause of bunions can come from wearing shoes that do not have ample room in the toe area. High heels fit into this category, which may cause the toes to squeeze together. It may also happen from genetic reasons, which may give people fair warning to wisely choose shoes that fit correctly. Some patients have found temporary relief for mild bunions by wearing a protective covering over it. If you have developed a bunion, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment methods, which may include surgery for permanent removal.
If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Matthew McQuaid, DPM of Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Is a Bunion?
Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.
- Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
- Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development
- Redness and inflammation
- Pain and tenderness
- Callus or corns on the bump
- Restricted motion in the big toe
In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Lakeport and Ukiah, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.