At AllCare Foot & Ankle Center, we are passionate about keeping your feet and ankles healthy so you can meet life’s ever-growing demands and enjoy an exciting, active lifestyle. As Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington’s podiatrist of choice, we understand how even the smallest foot and ankle problems can derail your everyday life—which is why we offer advanced medical treatment for foot injuries, achilles tendons, diabetic foot, ankle instability, and anything else that could compromise your active lifestyle and mobility.

One of the most common foot ailments is the bunion, affecting almost a quarter of people aged 18-65. To properly deal with bunions, you’ll need to be able to identify them early on, and treat them thoroughly and properly. In this blog, we’ll examine the causes and symptoms of bunions, a well as the best methods for treating them.

What is a bunion?

In the simplest terms, a bunion is a deformity of the joint between the foot and the big toe. When a bunion forms, the big toe joint (metatarsophalangeal joint) is pushed outward and away from the foot, causing the big toe itself to point inward toward the other toes of the foot. After the joint moves out of proper position over the course of a few years, it bends the skin of the foot and causes swelling, pain, and tenderness.

bunion-picWhat causes bunions?

While there is no be-all, end-all proof of any given bunion is formed, many scientists and doctors believe that long-term use of tight and ill-fitting shoes could be a leading cause of bunions.

A 1949 medical journal strengthens this suspicion. After studying foot ailments of people in India and China in cultures that don’t wear shoes, New York Podiatrist Samuel B. Shulman discovered zero cases of bunions in the 4000+ persons he examined.

Regardless of the cause, bunions cause a great deal of pain and discomfort that can make walking and other daily tasks difficult. Fortunately, there are a number of bunion treatments available to the general public.

How are bunions treated?

symptoms caused by bunions can be treated with orthotic splints, toe separators, and bunion cushions to encourage proper toe alignment and relieve pain, swelling and discomfort. However, with more serious bunions, surgery is needed to thoroughly treat the problem.

No-Scar Bunion Surgery

Bunion surgery, also known as a bunionectomy, is the only true method of restoring joint alignment and relieving pain and pressure from bunions. AllCare Foot & Ankle Center performs minimally-invasive, scar-free bunion removal surgery that’s easy and effective in permanently removing bunions. Most people only need a few days to recover, with a maximum recovery time of about two weeks—after that, you’ll be back on your feet with no pain or pressure, and full mobility.

Why Choose AllCare Foot & Ankle Center?

With AllCare Foot & Ankle Center, you have the knowledge and passion of some of the most highly educated and thoroughly accredited podiatrists in the nation on your side. No matter your foot problem, our podiatry team is ready to provide you with cutting-edge medical solutions, friendly service, and unrivaled professionalism. We take pride in delivering the best podiatric care in Arlington, Fort Worth, and the greater Dallas area—it’s what drives us every day.

Your bunion isn’t going to disappear. But with a quick and seamless procedure, you won’t have to worry about your bunion any longer. Don’t wait—call AllCare Foot & Ankle Center today!