Bunion Surgery in Eugene
Progressive bone deformities in the feet are known as bunions. Bunions not only alter the appearance of your foot, but they can also cause severe pain. In some cases, pain from bunions may be managed with conservative therapies. However, if a bunion is causing chronic pain, inflammation, and irritation, then bunion surgery will be required.
What Causes Bunions?
Bunions form when bones at the front of the foot move out of place. This causes the big toe to be pulled towards the smaller toes, and the joint at the base of the big toe begins to protrude. Smaller bunions may also develop on your little toe which is called a Tailor’s Bunion.
Bunions may result from wearing extremely tight shoes, but research shows this is the least common cause. You may also inherit a type of foot prone to developing bunions.
Congenital deformities are also a cause of bunions, along with previous foot injuries or repeated stress on the foot. Those with rheumatoid arthritis are also at increased risk of developing a bunion.
Pain from a bunion may be managed non-surgically. Switching to larger, roomy shoes can help. Bunion pads and “correct toes” (link here) can also mitigate irritation. Shoe inserts, over-the-counter pain medications, and icing the bunion may provide temporary relief. However, if these conservative treatments do not provide relief, you will need surgery.
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