Bunions are a progressive deformity that results from mechanical imbalance and undue stress on the big toe joint. The leaning of the big toe toward the second toe throws the bones of the foot out of alignment, causing a protuberance of bone or tissue around the joint.
Contrary to popular belief, bunions are aggravated, not caused, by shoes. Women significantly outnumber men among bunion patients, because wearing high-heeled or pointed-toed shoes aggravates the condition. Spending long periods of time on your feet can also make the condition worse.
Despite significant improvements in diagnosis and treatment in the last 30 years, the number of bunions seen by foot and ankle surgeons continues to increase. Because bunions are a progressive disorder, it is best to see a foot and ankle surgeon for diagnosis and intervention that can correct the problem before severe pain and deformity can occur.
The doctors at Academy Foot & Ankle Specialists are experts in all kinds of bunion correction; from mild to severe. Feel free to review the before and after pictures in our Photo Gallery, or watch the procedures themselves. The only way to know which procedure is right for you is to make an appointment and have a thorough evaluation and exam. Make an appointment today if you suffer from painful bunions.