Learn more about the telltale signs that you might be dealing with this common foot problem.
A bunion is a bony protrusion that affects one or more toe joints, though it typically develops within the joint at the base of the big toe. You may be wondering what causes a bunion to develop in the first place or whether there is a way to prevent it. You may even be wondering whether or not you might actually have one. Here are the telltale warning signs of a bunion, as well as when you should visit one of our Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg, VA, podiatrists for treatment.
Anyone can develop a bunion. Of course, there are certain risk factors that can increase your chances. These risk factors include,
- Genetics, given that bunions often run in families
- Wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow (especially high heels) as they crowd the toes
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Even though bunions don’t always cause problems, they are permanent unless you decide to undergo surgery (this is recommended when the bunion is causing persistent pain, affecting your quality of life, and does not respond to conservative treatment).
So, how do you know whether or not you have a bunion? The most obvious sign is that there is a hard, bulging lump sticking out at the base of your big toe. Over time, this protrusion can cause the big toe to even lean in towards the smaller toes.
Sometimes the bunion may become red, painful, or swollen, especially if you wear shoes that are too tight or narrow, as they can put unnecessary pressure on the bunion. A corn or callus may even form on the bunion.
Seeing a Doctor
Even though most bunion symptoms can be managed with simple at-home care, it is a good idea to visit the doctors at Reston, Manassas, and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers if you are dealing with:
- Severe or persistent foot pain
- A visible lump on the joint of the big toe
- Limited mobility or stiffness in the big toe
- Trouble finding shoes that fit because of the bunion
Are you wondering whether or not you have a bunion? Is foot pain or stiffness around the big toe bothering you? If so, it’s time to turn to our foot and ankle specialists to find out. The podiatry team at Reston, Manassas and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Center is here to help, with offices in Reston, Manassas and Leesburg, VA, to serve you.