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Deanna J. Chapman DPM LLC Podiatry
Bunions are one of the most common disorders treated by podiatrists across the country. More than half of women in America have bunions. Bunions are a common deformity often blamed on wearing tight, narrow shoes. Bunions cause the base of your big toe to enlarge and protrude. The skin over it may be red and tender.
Wearing any type of shoe may be painful when you have a bunion because the joint involved flexes with every step you take. Your big toe may also angle towards your second toe, or even move all the way under or over it. Pressure from your big toe may force your second toe out of alignment, sometimes causing it to overlap your third toe. If your bunion gets too severe, it may cause difficulty in walking. Your pain may become chronic and you may develop arthritis.
Most bunions can be treated conservatively with wider & softer shoes, pads to relieve the pressure and/or medications. If this does not help then surgical treatment is indicated.