If you have calluses, corns, and discomfort around a swollen toe joint, you could be developing a bunion. Expert podiatrist Dr. Leonard Greenwald provides diagnosis and treatment for bunions from his practice in San Jose, California. If you notice any of these signs or symptoms of a bunion, get in touch with Dr. Greenwald for treatment and relief!
1. Bump at the base of your toe
Bunions form a bony bump located at the base of your big toe, on the metatarsophalangeal joint. Bunionettes are similar, formed on the outside of your pinky toe.
The bump caused by a developing bunion will usually be small to begin with, and increase in size over time.
2. Overlapping or misaligned big toe
A developing bunion can push your big toe out of position, so that it overlaps with your second toe. You may also notice your toe joints protruding unusually.
These issues with alignment can cause calluses and corns to form as a result of irregular wear and pressure when you’re wearing shoes.
3. Redness and inflammation around the joint
The affected metatarsophalangeal joint can become inflamed, red, or swollen due to the formation of a bunion. You could feel tenderness in the affected area as well.
4. Stiffness and loss of motion in the affected toe
The big toe or pinky toe affected by a bunion or bunionette could lose range of motion as the bunion worsens. Inflammation can lead to stiffness, and alignment issues can result in muscle weakening.
5. Persistent foot pain
The foot pain associated with bunions can be a challenge. Walking can make irritated joints that much worse, cutting you off from your daily life activities and routines.
6. Problems with footwear fit
If the front of your foot is distorted by the bulge of a bunion or bunionette, finding shoes that work for you can also become quite a challenge. You need something that won’t rub against the bulges or put too much pressure on your already tender joints.
Since too-tight footwear is a contributing cause of bunions, finding the right footwear can also be a part of preventing a developing bunion from growing that much worse. Custom orthotics may be helpful with early-stage bunions.
Dr. Greenwald can diagnose your bunion or bunionette and recommend a treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms. Bunions won’t go away on their own, but need the care of an expert podiatrist. You may need custom orthotics or bunion removal surgery to fully address your issue and restore the shape and comfortable function of your feet.
To learn more about how to deal with your developing bunion, get in touch with Dr. Greenwald today. Schedule your initial consultation by calling our office or requesting an appointment online.