If you’ve developed a bunion, you know that they can cause a considerable amount of pain. Some people try to cope with the swelling and inflammation by taking pain medication or switching shoes; however, this will not make the bunion go away.
As Phoenixville foot experts, we can tell you that there are a number of complications associated with bunions that can affect your everyday life, such as:
- Bursitis. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that surrounds a join—in this instance, it would be the joint where the big toe connects to the foot—and helps it move smoothly. Bursitis develops when the bursa becomes inflamed. Bunion bursitis can be extremely painful.
- Restricted movement. Not only is inflammation of the big toe joint painful, but it also can make the big toe stiff and difficult to bend. This can interfere with balance and make it harder to walk, run, or even stand.
- Deformities. If left untreated, bunions can grow larger and larger, giving the foot a bent and swollen appearance. The toe joint may turn red and the skin may become calloused where the shoe rubs against it.
- Infection. Bunions commonly cause blisters and sores, since they usually rub against the inside of the shoe. Left untreated, these wounds can become infected and can lead to life-threatening complications.
At Healthmark Foot & Ankle Associates, we know that easing the pain of a bunion is just the tip of the iceberg.
Many patients undergo a surgical procedure called a bunionectomy to have their bunions removed. However, bunions can recur.
Our experienced Philadelphia podiatrists know how to get rid of bunions, and we know how to prevent them from coming back. We counsel our patients on proper footwear and lifestyle choices that will improve their health from head to toe. With two convenient locations, we’re never far from your front door.
Contact our foot and ankle doctors in Philadelphia today for a consultation to determine the best treatment plan for your bunion. Call our Media office at 610-565-3668 or our Phoenixville office at 610-933-8644.
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