As long as you keep shoes on your feet, others may not notice that your toes look a bit odd. Once you put on a pair of sandals or strappy heels, however, the secret is out. There is no way to disguise the large bump sticking out from the inside of your big toe where it joins your foot. It’s called a bunion, and the condition is quite common—especially in women. They can also cause a lot of embarrassment and discomfort.

Why Is There a Bump on My Toe?

It all comes down to mechanics. The way your foot works and supports your weight can cause the bones to move out of position. Whether it is from the foot type you inherited, a disease like arthritis, or the result of a past injury, your tendency to develop a painful bunion is also affected by the type of shoes you wear. Bunions form when the big toe bones (phalanges) move toward the second toe, and the long foot bone (metatarsal) attached to them is pushed outward in the other direction. The joint sticks out at the inside of the foot, rubs against your shoe, turns red and swollen, and hurts. The tighter and more pointed your shoes are, the more your toes are cramped inside and pressed against the shoe, and the more pain there is.

Beating Bunion Pain

Bunions and high heels aren't a good pair!

Bunions will not correct themselves, but there are things you can do to relieve the pain. Start by choosing comfortable shoes with more room for the toes and softer sides that give a little. Avoid high heels: they force all the weight of your body onto the balls of the foot at an odd angle that increases pressure on the toe joint. You can also try the RICE treatment—Rest, Icing, Compression, and Elevation—to reduce swelling and pain.

These remedies can bring some relief, but the problem will not go away without addressing the underlying cause. That’s when a visit to Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates makes sense. Why put up with the pain and embarrassment of a bunion when there may be a simple treatment that will help?

Many of our patients have had good results with the use of custom orthotics. These inserts, made specifically for your feet, can give the correct support and cushioning to relieve your discomfort and keep the misalignment from getting worse. If the bunions are severe and disabling, we can perform surgical procedures that correct the deformity, either by removing part of the bony growth or realigning the bones.

Find Help on Florida’s East Coast

Our expert podiatrists—James Rust, DPM, Andrew B. Green, DPM, Dennis B. McBroom, DPM, Sona Ramdath Jr. DPM, Laura Walton, DPM, and Hilaree Milliron, DPM —specialize in bunion treatments and many other common foot problems. Give Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates in Daytona Beach a call at (386) 274-3336, or ask for an appointment at one of our other locations in Port Orange, Palm Coast, and Orange City. See the contact information on our website, or you can request an appointment online. Find relief from your bunions today! 

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