Posts for: March, 2017

By Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates
March 22, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions  

General foot pain can be the symptom of many conditions and injuries. This makes narrowing down the cause of your pain a tricky bunionundertaking. Fortunately, bunions grow slowly over time and do not cause pain until their later stages. However, this makes ignoring your bunion pain easier than ignoring the physical side effects of other conditions. When pain from your bunions begins affecting your daily life, it may be time to see your podiatrist. Get back on your feet with help from Dr. Mark Moss at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates serving both Houston and Pearland, TX.

What is a bunion? 
A bunion is a growth of bone which occurs at the base of the big toe. Bunions usually present themselves visually as a large bump or lump on the inside of the foot. Women are more at risk for bunions than men, though both sexes can develop this condition. Additionally, those who are older, overweight or regularly wear ill-fitting or high-heeled shoes are at a higher risk for bunion development. You may not notice any symptoms other than the physical bunion itself for some time as bunions grow very slowly over long periods of time. However, monitoring bunions can help you avoid the pain and irritation associated with them further down the road.

Do I have bunions? 
Some of the most common symptoms of bunions include:

  • a lump at the base of the big toe
  • irritation or rubbing while wearing shoes
  • swelling
  • redness
  • foot pain
  • decreased mobility in the big toe
  • trouble finding properly fitting shoes

Most people do not notice symptoms of their bunion until their condition has progressed into its later stages. However, if you think you have a bunion, you should consult with your podiatrist to ensure your condition is properly monitored.

Bunion Surgery in Houston and Pearland, TX
The most common treatment for bunions in their later stages is a bunion surgery to remove the growth and, if necessary, realign the toes if they have grown outward and overlapped due to the bunion. However, properly monitoring and maintaining your bunion in its earlier stages can help prevent it from further growth in the future. You should avoid wearing ill-fitting shoes like high heels or narrow dress shoes. Additionally, your podiatrist may suggest orthopedic inserts for your shoes or over-the-counter medications to help combat pain and swelling.

For more information on bunions, please contact Dr. Moss at Coastal Foot and Ankle Associates with offices in Houston and Pearland, TX. Call (281) 484-2400 to schedule an appointment at the Houston office or (281) 485-2988 to schedule an appointment at the Pearland location today!