Noticing a bunion on your foot can be annoying, or even downright scary. So let Carey Williams, DPM, at North Mississippi Foot Specialists in Oxford, Mississippi get your toe back to normal with a comprehensive treatment plan. Dr. Williams can offer simple lifestyle modifications or even minimally invasive surgery to restore bunions back to normal and relieve your pain and discomfort. To find out more about treatment, call the office or book an appointment online today.
A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint on the outside of your big toe. When your big toe is constantly pushing against its neighboring toe, it can lead to your toe joint bending out of shape over time, forming the bump of the bunion.
The skin of a bunion is generally red and very sore. Smaller bunions can also form on the joint of your small toe, leaving a bony bump on that side of your foot.
The bump that forms on your toe joint can be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including:
A bunion can be extremely painful and inconvenient. For example, it makes it hard to find shoes that fit due to growth.
Even though a bunion doesn’t always require medical treatment, Dr. Williams and the team at North Mississippi Foot Specialists can help address practical issues, such as assisting in finding shoes that fit and speeding up treatment.
In most cases, the exact cause of a bunion isn’t known. However, there are a variety of possibilities as to what leads to the development of a bunion.
Experts suspect injuries to the foot as a potential cause, as are genetic factors, or your inherited foot type.
There’s some debate as to whether or not overly tight footwear, such as high heels, can leave you with an increased risk of developing a bunion. Bunions also may be linked to certain types of arthritis.
Dr. Williams typically treats bunions with conservative, nonsurgical treatments that gradually help restore your toe back to normal.
He may also recommend modifications, such as changing shoes, using padding, shoe inserts, and taping techniques that put your foot back in a normal position. These changes can all help relieve the pain of a bunion and treat it over time.
Pain medication can also alleviate pressure and pain. Dr. Williams also often recommends using ice to reduce swelling. In severe cases, he may need to perform minimally invasive foot surgery to get rid of swollen tissue or a small piece of bone to realign your toe and get rid of the bump.
If you notice a bunion, call the office or use the online booking tool and set up an appointment with Dr. Williams at North Mississippi Foot Specialists today.