Bunions are a boney enlargement of the big toe joint. The big toe leans towards the smaller toes and the big toe joint becomes more prominent, appearing as a bump on the side of the foot. Bunions are a mostly inherited deformity and slowly worsen over time.
Bunions can cause pain in two ways:
- Shoegear presses on the bump.
- Misalignment of the joint can cause cartilage damage, resulting in pain when the big toe joint bends.
Painful bunions can be treated. Surgical correction eliminates or reduces the bump and realigns the big toe joint. Cartilage damage, if present, is repaired at the time of surgery. Non-surgical treatment includes the use of wide shoegear to keep pressure off the bump and anti-inflammatory medication as needed.
When surgery is needed, you'll be glad to know that Dr. Dalvin is a board certified surgeon with over 25 years experience repairing bunions. The combination of experience, caring, and personal attention will put you at ease.