Bunion

Stockdale Podiatry Group -  - Podiatric Surgeon and Foot & Ankle Specialist

Stockdale Podiatry Group

Podiatric Surgeons and Foot & Ankle Specialists located in Bakersfield, CA & Delano, CA & Porterville, CA

Bunions are known for causing agonizing pain around your big toe joint. At Stockdale Podiatry Group in Bakersfield, Delano, and Porterville, California, you can get relief with the help of the highly skilled podiatry team. The team regularly performs diagnoses and treats bunions using conservative and surgical techniques. If you have a bunion, find out what the team can do for you. Schedule an evaluation online or over the phone today.

Bunion Q & A

What are bunions?

A bunion is a bony protrusion that develops on your big toe joint and rubs up against your footwear. It occurs when your big toe is gradually pushed against the rest of your toes day after day, often due to ill-fitting shoes. 

This gentle daily shift eventually causes a permanent deformity that changes the angle of your bones and big toe joint.

You can develop the same painful protrusion on your baby toe, too, which is called a bunionette. 

What are the causes of bunions?

Even though pointy or ill-fitting shoes are the leading causes of bunions, there are other reasons why you may develop them. You could be prone to having bunions because of:

  • Your foot shape
  • Foot deformities 
  • Prior injuries
  • Birth defects
  • Family history
  • Medical conditions
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Even if you don’t know the cause of your bunions, rest assured, the team at Stockdale Podiatry Group can help.

Are bunions painful?

Bunions can be painful, especially if they continue to progress. They often cause soreness in the affected toe joint. You could also experience:

  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Redness over the joint
  • Corns or calluses
  • Restricted movement

Pain and discomfort can bother you around the clock, or only while wearing certain shoes. Bunions can also lead to complications such as bursitis, hammertoe, or metatarsalgia. The sooner you start treatment, the quicker you can have relief from bunion pain.

How are bunions treated?

Treating bunions depends on the severity of your discomfort. If you have minor bunion issues, the team at Stockdale Podiatry Group might recommend conservative therapies, including:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Taping or padding
  • Specialized footwear
  • Cortisone injections

If you have severe bunion pain or if conservative measures aren’t helping you, the team may recommend bunion surgery. 

This minimally invasive procedure involves realigning your toe joint and removing any scar tissue. Since the podiatry team specializes in arthroscopic surgery, you can expect minimal downtime and little discomfort after bunion surgery.

Book your bunion evaluation at Stockdale Podiatry Group today with the online scheduling feature or call the location nearest you.