Many people will dismiss pain in their feet, assuming it is not a serious condition. However, this willingness to shrug off considerable pain usually leads to the condition getting worse, leading to an inability to wear shoes or even walk until the patient has no choice but to undergo bunion surgery in Philadelphia.

The best defense against serious forms of treatment is to spot your condition early. If you think you have a blister on the side of your foot, examine it carefully; you may actually have a bunion.

The most common signs of a bunion include:

  • A bony bump on the inside of the foot at the first big toe joint
  • The big toe is turned inward, pressing toward the other toes 
  • Pain in the joint, often made worse when wearing shoes or walking

Other than these “telltale” signs, there are additional symptoms such as:

  • Redness and swelling of the big toe joint
  • Irritated skin on or around the bunion
  • Callouses along the inside edge of the big toe
  • Blisters at the site of the bunion or around the toes

Bunions are especially troublesome conditions because they rarely act alone. A bunion will increase your risk of suffering other painful foot conditions, such as corns, calluses, and blisters, and will make walking increasingly difficult until the pressure on the toe joint is released.

The Media podiatrists at HealthMark Foot & Ankle Associates can help you choose the best course of treatment for your bunion, getting you back on your feet for good. Call us today for an appointment in Media at 610-565-3668 or in Phoenixville at 610-933-8644.