My Bunions are Killing Me!
Dr. Elardo here again. We hope you are all doing well as we transition from our shelter at home back into our regular routines. At Foot and Ankle Associates, we are back in the full swing of things and looking forward to assisting you with all your Foot and Ankle needs.
Summer is upon us and sandal season has arrived! Are your feet in tiptop shape? If not, we are here to help.
You may have noticed an enlargement of the bony prominence over the inside or top of your great toe. It is likely that this prominence has slowly become more symptomatic as you exercise and increase your outdoor activity. What is this and how did it get there?
Bunions are often a sign of a mechanical change in the foot architecture. The balance and alignment of all the toes is essential for normal foot function. Abnormal alignment of the great toe is known as a Hallux Valgus or a Bunion deformity.
Often times this particular foot deformity progresses based on activity level, tight or poor fitting shoes, and general instability. Conservative treatments such as Orthotics, padding and alignment splints can help. But, when the deformity progresses, these mechanical changes can affect the knees, hips and lumbar spine. The great toe is essential for push off in every step you take. Even the slightest change in alignment can add up to other joints being affected. If you are concerned or have any questions, make an appointment with your Podiatric Physician at Foot and Ankle Associates today.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Dr. Thomas Elardo