According to The Daily Mail, and online news agency, many women pay the price of wearing high heels when they develop bunions later in life. In order to fix these bunions, surgeries that inserts a metal rod into the foot or that fuse the joints together are done. However, this can create serious inflexibility and discomfort. But there is now a new procedure that uses surgical screws to alleviate bunions, which is not only a more pain-free method of relief, but one that is also less prone to infection.

According to the article, bunions can be a painful and debilitating form of foot pain that should be treated right away. If you have bunions or are experiencing pain you think might be related to bunions, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. James Ricketti from New Jersey. Dr. Ricketti will examine your feet and determine whether or not you have bunions, and then provide the appropriate treatment options if you do in fact suffer from bunions.

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.

Formation


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.

Diagnosis


A chiropodist 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 chiropodist 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, shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.

Treatment  

Wearing a wider shoe can remove the pressure on the bunion and reduce pain. High heeled shoes should not be worn, as this forces the big toe inward toward the smaller toes. Avoiding these types of shoes will eliminate the pain associated with bunions, but if the pain continues, medication may be prescribed.

Orthotics or special foot soles may help the area by providing relief. But if these types of treatment do not work, surgery is required.

If you have any questions, please contact our office, which is located Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot complications.

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