The Running Doc of the Daily News has recently discussed the questionable need for surgery to treat bunions. While surgery is an effective way to remove them, other treatments and options should be pursued before turning to surgery. Bunions are characterized as large bumps along the inner portion of the big toe’s first joint.

To slow down the growth of bunions, avoid wearing high heels often and wear looser fitting shoes around the toes. Flexible full-length orthotics should be worn while running. To prevent toes from rubbing together, use thin foam or silicone toe separators. If the previously mentioned methods are unsuccessful, anti-inflammatories and corrective devices can be used. If all other options do not prove to help, bunion surgery can then be considered.

Bunion treatment should be sought immediately to prevent the extension of related pain. For more information about bunion treatments, see podiatrist Dr. Bruce G. Blank, D.P.M. of Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC. Dr. Blank will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions and provide you with quality treatment. 

What is a Bunion?
A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful. 

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.
Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement. 

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.
Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.
Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, this usually indicates a bunion. 

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