What to Know About Bunions
By Reston, Manassas and Leesburg Foot and Ankle Centers
December 23, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions are bumps at the base of your big toe that form over several years. They are not just painful; they also make it harder to find shoes that fit. Doctors Steven Gordon, Shaun Hafner, Nancy Han, and Lisa Beckinella, treat bunions in Reston Foot and Ankle Center. bunionsThey share some of the most commonly asked questions about this common foot condition.

What are bunions?
Bunions develop when your big toe starts to lean inward toward your other toes. As the leaning progresses, the bones at the base of your toe move out of alignment, resulting in the characteristic bump. Although you may initially only have mild symptoms, bunions tend to become more noticeable over time.
What are the symptoms of bunions?
If you have a bunion, you may notice:

  • Pain at the base of your big toe
  • Redness, burning or inflammation over the bunion
  • Numbness

Symptoms tend to get worse if you wear tight shoes or high heels or spend a lot of time on your feet.

How can I reduce bunion pain?
Bunions won't go away without medical treatment, but there are a few things you can do to decrease pain, including buying new shoes. Look for shoes that have plenty of room to accommodate your bunion and skip the high heels. Placing pads over the bunions can relieve pain, as can applying ice packs and taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Any activity that aggravates your bunions, such as standing for long periods of time, should be avoided.

How can a podiatrist help?
If your bunion becomes increasingly painful, it might be time to pay a visit to your Reston podiatrist. Your foot doctor may recommend that you wear orthotics in your shoes to reduce the pressure on your bunion. In some cases, surgery is the best option. Surgery is used to remove the bump, reduce pain and correct the alignment of the foot.

Does foot pain keep you from enjoying life? If you need bunion treatment in Reston, call Doctors Steven Gordon, Shaun Hafner, Nancy Han, and Lisa Beckinella, at Reston Foot and Ankle Center at (703) 437-6333. Don't let bunion pain sideline you a minute longer!