Bunion Specialist

Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics

Podiatry located in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, and Chicago, IL

Bunions not only make it difficult to wear shoes, but they can cause severe discomfort. To get relief for your bunion pain, schedule an evaluation at one of Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics in Hoffman Estates, Arlington Heights, or the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Khalid Husain, DPM; Gene Choi, DPM; Jennifer Kirchens, DPM; and Christina Sarantopoulos, DPM, are professionals that can help alleviate your pain. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Bunions Q & A

What are bunions?

Bunions are an enlargement of the joint in your foot where the base of your big toe meets the ball of your foot. It looks like a lump of bone developing at the widest part of your foot. As your toe bends more toward your other toes, the lump gets larger and more painful. Since this usually happens in both feet, the condition is referred to as bunions.

What causes bunions?

Bunions develop over time but begin with a small deviation. The shift usually begins to happen when your big toe is gradually pushed over to the rest of your toes on a daily basis due to shoes that are too tight-fitting. The repetitive wear on your feet causes a deformity that changes the shape of your bones and big toe joint.

A bunion develops when the harsh angle of your big toe joint causes a bony protrusion that rubs against your shoe repetitively. The bunion continues to grow in size as it continues to rub on footwear, causing the skin to redden and become tender. 

Are bunions painful?

Bunions can cause pain, especially when continually agitated from poor footwear. Some of the potential effects of bunions are:

  • Corns or calluses
  • Redness on the joint
  • Stretched skin on the joint
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Lack of movement

It’s best to let Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics treat your bunions as soon as discomfort begins to avoid more serious issues in the future.

How are bunions treated?

There are various treatments for bunions. Nonsurgical options include:

  • Wearing proper fitting footwear
  • Adding shoe inserts to improve arch support and correct weight transfer
  • Utilize custom orthotics
  • Topical or anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy

In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the swollen tissue from the joint or to straighten or realign the big toe. At Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics, the practice’s advanced surgery techniques allow you to walk immediately.

If you have concerns about your bunions and need relief from your pain, the team at Midwest Foot and Ankle Clinics can help you. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.