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Bunions Specialist

Arcadia Foot and Ankle

Podiatry located in Scottsdale, AZ, Mesa, AZ & Sun City, AZ

If you have the three “Bs” — a big bony bump at the bottom of your big toe — you probably have a bunion. The bony bump indicates a change inside your foot, and without treatment that change could mean long-term foot pain and instability. The podiatry doctors at Arcadia Foot and Ankle are bunion experts who skillfully manage everything from brand-new bunions to complex forefoot reconstruction. Call either of the two offices in Scottsdale or the additional locations in Sun City and Mesa, Arizona, now, or click on the online appointment maker around the clock.

Bunions Q & A

What are the symptoms of a bunion?

Bunions are a major change within the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint at the base of the big toe. They’re usually easy to see because they eventually cause a prominent bump that protrudes from the side of your big toe. 

You might have other symptoms as well, sometimes even before the bump appears. Symptoms to watch for include: 

  • Red skin over your big toe joint
  • Soreness or pain when wearing snug shoes
  • Difficulty moving your big toe
  • Big toe moving toward your little toes

As a bunion grows more serious, you might also notice that you're walking a little differently. This gait change can put serious strain on your feet and ankles, potentially causing complications like hammertoe. 

What causes bunions?

There are several possible causes, and often several factors contribute to bunion development. The most common causes are inherited foot type, traumatic foot injury, neurological disorders, and inflammatory forms of arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis.

Tight shoes like high heels don't necessarily cause bunions but can make them develop faster. You may be able to prevent bunions, or at least slow their development, by avoiding tight-fitting shoes.

How are bunions treated?

Bunion treatment plans revolve around reducing your pain and stabilizing your big toe joint. In many cases, conservative care is effective for bunions, especially if you get treatment early. Your bunion treatment at Arcadia Foot and Ankle may include: 

  • Anti-inflammatory medication for pain relief
  • Custom orthotics to ease pressure and maintain foot alignment 
  • Padding for cushioning the enlarged joint
  • Taping or splinting to reduce strain and align the joint 
  • New footwear to reduce stress on the affected joint
  • Physical therapy to ease pain, improve flexibility, and increase foot function

If your bunion doesn't improve using conservative care, your podiatrist may recommend bunion surgery. Your experienced podiatric surgeon can restore your toe joint to its proper position, and can also repair damaged tissue inside the foot to help the joint maintain the right position in the future. 

The Arcadia Foot and Ankle surgeons use minimally invasive techniques during bunion surgery wherever possible, which means you can resume normal activities faster. 

Bunions are easy to treat when you have help from the team of expert podiatrists at Arcadia Foot and Ankle. Call the office in your area or book your appointment using the online scheduler now.