Bunions, an often painful foot deformity, generally grow so slowly over a long period of time that you may not even notice one's presence until it has reached its more advanced stages. However, learning to spot a bunion in its early phases can help you get the treatment you need to avoid bunion-related symptoms and, in some cases, even slow or stop the growth of the bunion altogether. Find out more about bunion treatment by reading below, and for personal treatment, contact Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Orlando with locations in Lake Mary, FL; Oviedo, FL; Orlando, FL; and Downtown Orlando, FL.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a bony growth toward the inside of the foot at the base of the big toe. The bunion’s severity advances slowly, usually over the course of several years. The growth is often attributed to wearing too-tight, high-heeled, too-narrow, or otherwise ill-fitting shoes. Genetics can also add to the likelihood of developing a bunion. Though more common in women, bunions can occur in both sexes.
Do I have a bunion?
Doctors can often diagnose a bunion based on a visual examination alone since their symptoms are usually outwardly obvious. However, there are a few other signs of a bunion that may be less obvious:
- Lump at the base of the big toe
- Pain in the area of the bunion
- Friction from wearing shoes
- Toes which overlap
- Corns or calluses
Bunion Treatments in Lake Mary, FL; Oviedo, FL; Orlando, FL; and Downtown Orlando, FL
If you think you have a bunion, a consultation with your podiatrist can help you ensure that you receive the treatment you need. In some cases, an early-stage bunion may only require simple lifestyle changes, such as changing the type of shoes you wear, to slow or even stop its growth. However, more severe cases may require that patients undergo a surgery called bunionectomy to remove the growth and, if necessary, realign the toes.
For more information on bunions, please dial 407-365-9511 to contact Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Orlando with locations in Lake Mary, FL; Oviedo, FL; Orlando, FL; and Downtown Orlando, FL. Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mason today!