Katy Foot & Ankle, PLLC
Nicolas Manriquez, DPM, FACFAS
Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Katy, TX
Between 10-25% of American adults have a bunion. Though common, without intervention and treatment, bunions can cause severe pain and affect your mobility. At Katy Foot & Ankle, PLLC, Nicolas Manriquez, DPM, FACFAS, uses both conservative and surgical measures to safely manage bunions. To make an appointment at the practice in Katy, Texas, call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book online.
Bunion Q & A
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a tender bony growth that develops on the outside edge of your foot at the base of the big toe. It occurs when pressure causes the bones in your toe to move out of place and bulge outward.
Bunions occur for various reasons, but some of the most common causes include arthritis, foot abnormalities, and wearing tight shoes that squeeze your toes together.
What are the symptoms of a bunion?
Common symptoms of a bunion include:
- Swelling at the base of your big toe
- Persistent pain
- Corns and calluses
- Difficulty moving or wiggling your big toe
As a bunion grows, you might also experience difficulty putting weight on the affected toe.
Does a bunion increase my risk of other foot problems?
Yes. Bunions increase your risk of several other foot-related problems, including:
Bursitis occurs when the fluid-filled sacs that cushion your bones (bursa) become irritated or inflamed. Bursitis is incredibly painful, making it difficult to walk or exercise.
Hammertoe occurs due to an imbalance of the muscles and tendons responsible for holding the toe straight. It results in an abnormal bend as well as pain and stiffness.
Metatarsalgia causes the ball of your foot to become swollen and inflamed. Often, it occurs due to gait changes brought on by a bunion.
How is a bunion diagnosed?
To diagnose a bunion, the team at Katy Foot & Ankle, PLLC physically examines your foot and asks about your symptoms. Afterward, your provider takes a series of X-rays to assist in developing a treatment plan.
How are bunions treated?
Katy Foot & Ankle, PLLC uses conservative treatments to manage bunions whenever possible. Following an exam and discussion of your symptoms, the team might recommend:
- Wearing more comfortable, supportive shoes
- Using heel pads or inserts
- Taking over-the-counter pain medication
- Applying ice
If your bunion interferes with daily activities or causes you frequent pain, surgery may be necessary. There are several types of bunion surgery. The procedure that will most benefit you depends on various factors, including the size, location, and severity of the bunion.
To learn more about bunion treatment, make an appointment at Katy Foot & Ankle, PLLC. Click the online booking tool or call to speak with the administrative team today.