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Bunions Specialist

AllCare Foot & Ankle Center

Podiatry & Wound Care Specialist located in Arlington, TX & Dallas, TX

As deformities of your largest toe, bunions are known for causing pain and inflammation that can keep you from doing the things you enjoy. Leading podiatrist Michael Tran, DPM of AllCare Foot & Ankle Center provides personalized bunion treatment plans in Dallas and Arlington, Texas. Before living with bunion pain another day, schedule an evaluation and see how the team can help. Request an appointment online, or call either location directly.

Bunions Q & A

What causes bunions?

Bunions most commonly stem from faulty foot mechanics, such as unstable joints or flat feet. When you have these underlying issues, it’s easy for your big toe joint to slip out of proper alignment each time you put on pointy or snug-fitting shoes, or even high heels.

If you wear these sorts of shoes on a regular basis, eventually, your big toe starts getting used to its new angle — either over or under your smaller toes — and your toe joint begins permanently changing shape. This is when you start noticing that bony bump forming at the base of your big toe.

Inherited traits and ill-fitting shoes aren’t the only things to blame when it comes to bunions. Your risk of bunions is also high if you have arthritic conditions, especially rheumatoid arthritis, or suffer from a traumatic injury.

When should I see a doctor for bunions?

Bunions are progressive joint disorders, which means that without proper treatment, they’re only going to worsen. The dedicated podiatry team at AllCare Foot & Ankle Center encourage you to come in as soon as you notice any sign of bunion development. It’s especially important to come in if your bunions are:

  • Stiff, inflamed, or tender
  • Covered in corns or calluses
  • Causing pain on a regular basis
  • Associated with limited range of motion in your toe

Because AllCare Foot & Ankle Center is home to some of the most advanced imaging equipment available, your podiatrist can perform diagnostic X-rays or ultrasounds on-site to determine the best course of bunion treatment for your specific needs.

How are bunions treated?

In most cases, Dr. Tran treats bunions with conservative measures first to try to get your discomfort under control. Your bunion treatment plan could include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Corn or callus padding
  • Specialized footwear
  • Strapping and taping
  • Physical therapy

If conservative measures aren’t providing relief or if you have a severe bunion deformity, Dr. Tran could recommend surgery, known as a bunionectomy. Your bunionectomy can involve realigning your big toe joint and restoring your full toe function. Modern bunion surgeries from AllCare Foot & Ankle Center are minimally invasive and require a much shorter recovery period than in years past.

Get relief from ongoing bunion pain by scheduling an evaluation at AllCare Foot & Ankle Center today. Book your visit either online or over the phone.