Bunions develop very slowly, so it’s important to take care of your feet from early childhood. After all, keeping track of your feet over time can help you notice early warning signs. Additionally, here at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, your podiatrists, Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Adam B. Lowy, and Dr. Michael Frank, can meet with you to discuss your options for bunion treatment if they are to develop—read on to learn more.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion is a bony swelling that develops at the base of the big toe on the joint. It can be painful because the weight of your body rests on it when you walk. It can also be painful as your shoe rubs against it. Symptoms include swelling, redness, and tenderness at the base of the big toe.
What Causes a Bunion?
The exact cause of a bunion is specific to each individual patient. Contributing factors may include:
- Deformities that were present from birth
- An inherited foot type
- Trauma or injury to the foot
- Ill-fitting shoes
- Some forms of arthritis
How to Prevent Bunions
You can reduce your risk of developing bunions in the following ways:
- Keep track of the shape of your feet
- Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes
- Wear shoes that are comfortable and do not compress your toes
- Do foot and toes exercises to strengthen your feet
If you notice signs of a bunion developing you should talk to a podiatrist about your treatment options. If your bunions are severe, they may require surgery.
We're Here to Help
If you live in Maryland and you would like to find out more about bunion treatment, contact the podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD:
- Olney - (301) 924-5044
- Camp Springs/Clinton - (301) 868-7670
- Silver Spring - (301) 439-0300
- Kensington - (301) 942-8110