Bunions are a common ailment, especially for women. Hallus vaxus, or bunions are a bump atthe base of your big toe caused a combination of genetics and poor shoes.
Wife of famous soccer star David Beckham, Victoria Beckham suffers from severe bunions caused by many years of wearing high heels, both on and off the red carpet. In October of 2013, Beckham had a bunionectomy to remove the bunions and realign her toes.
How do I get bunions?
Although experts debate the causes, it seems that there are several ways that bunions can develop. It has been proved that wearing pointy-toed shoes is possibly a factor in the inflammation of the joint. Recently, certain studies have shown that the affliction might hold some genetic roots in it, since girls whose mothers had bunions seem to be more likely to develop the disorder. Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Gregory Mangum are Podiatrists who specializes in helping people suffering from bunions.
What can I do to treat my bunions?
A simple examination by the doctor is usually enough to diagnose bunions, but most often, there will be an X-Ray to confirm the diagnosis.
There are several remedies that are available to those who have bunions. Depending on the severity of the condition, there are both surgical and non-surgical remedies available. For select patients, orthotics that help distribute pressure evenly across your feet and elevate your arches might be beneficial.
Avoiding uncomfortable shoes can prevent unnecessary confinement that can further irritate bunions. If you apply ice to the bunion, it can provide a temporary sense of relief by reducing inflammation and soreness.
For patients suffering from more severe bunions, a bunionectomy might be the best course of treatment. There are a few different options when looking at surgery to treat bunions, a few of which include:
- Cutting the swollen tissue from around your big toe
- Removing part of the big toe bone to straighten the alignment
- Joining the bones of the affected joints
The Texas Foot Specialists located in Sugar Land, Pasadena and Houston we specialize in helping people with Bunions. To schedule an appointment call Sugar Land (281) 242-4448, Pasadena (281) 991-0600 and Houston (713) 664-6677.