Bunions Specialist

Podiatry Clinic of Jackson

Podiatrists located in Jackson, TN

A bunion, that painful bony bump on the side of your big toe, can become incredibly painful over time. Before your bunion worsens, see how the top foot and ankle specialists at Podiatry Clinic of Jackson can help you. Between custom orthotics, specialized stretches, pain-relieving medications — and everything in-between — you have plenty of options for pain relief. To schedule your exam at this state-of-the-art Jackson, Tennessee, podiatric practice, request an appointment online or call the clinic directly.

Bunions Q & A

Podiatry Clinic of Jackson

Why do I have bunions?

When your big toe is angled towards your little toes, the joint at the base of your big toe becomes deformed and enlarged. This leads to the prominent bony bump known as a bunion —  medically called “hallux valgus.”

Bunions can develop for a variety of reasons and some men and women are just more prone to having them than others. You may have bunions due to:

  • Genetic foot shape
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Prior injury or trauma

It’s also believed that wearing high heels or pointy shoes that force your big toe to stay in an unnatural position can eventually lead to bunions. Plus, you can develop a similar type of condition in your baby toe, which is called a bunionette.

Do bunions cause symptoms?

Not always, although initially, as your bunion continues to rub against the insides of your shoes, it’s common to start developing painful calluses over the skin that covers your bunion. Over time, as your bunion worsens, you may experience:

  • Limited range of motion
  • Swelling in the toe joint
  • Difficulty walking
  • Widening of your foot

In severe cases, a bunion can even cause your second toe to be pulled out of place, which can lead to even further discomfort.

What is the treatment for bunions?

Since bunions are progressive, meaning they’re only going to get worse without proper treatment, the specialists at Podiatry Clinic of Jackson offer several solutions. After performing a thorough examination and taking X-ray imaging, they can design your bunion treatment plan, which can include:

  • Custom supportive orthotics
  • Padding, strapping, or taping
  • Stretching or physical therapy
  • Cortisone injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

If these conservative measures aren’t providing relief, it might be time to consider bunion surgery. The highly skilled podiatrists at Podiatry Clinic of Jackson use cutting edge technology to surgically straighten your toe joint and remove any damaged tissue, so you won’t have to be bogged down by bunion discomfort another day.

With the help of the team at Podiatry Clinic of Jackson, you don’t have to learn to live with bunion pain. Click on the online booking feature to request an appointment or call the office today.