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One of the most common foot conditions seen in the world are bunions. Bunions are best defined as bony prominence’s that occur at the joint at the base of the big toe. As a bunion develops, the toe deviates towards the outside of the foot and pain can develop. There are multiple causes of bunions but the most common cause is a flat foot type which tends to be inherited from your parents. Trauma and other systemic diseases can cause bunions although less commonly.

Many people with bunions have no symptoms at all other than a poor cosmetic appearance but as bunions progress, you can start to develop symptoms. Common symptoms include pain in the area of the bump while wearing shoe-gear as well as inflammation in this area. Other people develop pain with motion of the big toe joint.

There are great treatment options for bunions to resolve discomfort as well as remove the bony prominence. Conservatively, there are a gazillion padding options for symptomatic treatment of bunions. Other options include steroid injections into the area to decrease inflammation. Custom orthotics can be used in an attempt to slow down the progression of the bunion. If conservative treatments fail, surgical options can be discussed. This generally entails taking x-rays of the feet to determine a surgical plan as there are a myriad of different surgical procedures. Depending on the severity of the bunion a procedure is chosen that will achieve the best results on an individual basis.

If you or anyone you know suffer with bunions, contact Quality Foot Care today at 215-230-9707 to schedule an appointment with one of our board certified podiatrists!

Dr. Lonnie Kaplan

About Dr. Lonnie Kaplan

Dr. Lonnie Kaplan is a board certified podiatrist who enjoys writing about topics that interest both he and his patients. He has been asked to speak at multiple events both in Bucks and Montgomery counties on foot and ankle topics and enjoys volunteering his time at local community events including races and foot screenings. His hope is that by writing articles and lecturing for the community, it will allow people in the community to better understand their foot health and know when to seek professional medical attention. He likes to comment on foot and ankle topics that are trending in the media and is always open to suggestions on topics to write about.

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