Bunions are one of the most common foot problems, affecting up to one-third of adults. At Chicago Foot Specialists, in the Chicago Loop neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, experienced podiatrists Nehal Sheth, DPM, Mark Pinkowski, DPM, and Christine Heck, DPM, and the team specialize in diagnosing and treating bunions both conservatively and with surgery. Call Chicago Foot Specialists today to request a bunion consultation, or make your appointment online.
Bunions form when the bones at the front of your foot change position because of trauma or your gait (how you walk). These changes cause your big toe (metatarsophalangeal) joint to bulge outward, resulting in pain and swelling.
Small bunions don’t always need treatment. But if your bunion affects your mobility or quality of life, seeking treatment is vital.
Bunion symptoms include the following:
As the bunion grows, you may experience stiffness or be unable to bend your toe.
Anyone can develop a bunion, but several factors can increase your risk, including a family history of bunions and previous foot injuries. You’re also more likely to experience bunions if you have an underlying inflammatory disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
The Chicago Foot Specialists team reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and examines your foot and big toe.
Bunions are visible to the eye, but your provider may order X-rays or other diagnostic imaging to look at the alignment of the bones at the front of your foot and check for joint damage.
Chicago Foot Specialists takes a conservative approach to bunion treatment when possible. The team may recommend:
If your bunion continues affecting your mobility, even after conservative treatment, the team may recommend surgery. Chicago Foot Specialists offers minimally invasive bunion surgery with Lapiplasty® 3D bunion correction. Lapiplasty uses patented technology to correct bunions at their source, providing lasting results.
If you want to keep a bunion from getting worse, it’s crucial to wear comfortable shoes that fit properly. The Chicago Foot Specialists team can provide tips on selecting shoes that meet your needs. Generally speaking, buying shoes with soft soles and plenty of room for your toes is important.
Call Chicago Foot Specialists today to explore the treatments for bunions, or book your appointment online.