Your Foot Pain Might Be Caused by a Bunion

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Have you ever heard of a bunion? A bunion is a common foot deformity that occurs when the bones move out of proper alignment and create a painful bump at the joint. Bunions most often occur where the big toe meets the foot, but they can also occur at the smaller toes. These are known as “tailor’s bunions” or “bunionettes.” Bunions typically develop gradually over a long period. No matter where a bunion develops, it can cause pain and difficulty standing, walking, wearing shoes, and engaging in daily activities. 

How will you know if you are developing a bunion? Keep an eye out for the following symptoms: 

  • a bony protrusion at the joint where your toe meets the foot, especially at the big toe

  • redness

  • swelling

  • pain

  • limited range of motion

  • limping 

The good news is that a board-certified podiatrist like Eric Kosofsky, DPM and Robert Rutstein, DPM can help you with your bunion. A podiatrist is a medical specialist with years of education and experience and is the best-qualified professional to address this issue. Your doctor will begin with a thorough examination of your feet, ankles, and lower legs, culminating in an accurate and specific diagnosis, and will then work with you to create an effective and individualized plan for treatment.

If your doctor agrees that you do have a bunion, she or he will have numerous treatment options available, including:

  • over-the-counter and prescription medication for pain and swelling

  • physical therapy

  • custom orthotics for cushioning and support

  • common surgery called a bunionectomy 

If you are worried about a bunion, or if you have any other concerns about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, and lower legs, a visit with your podiatrist is in order. Schedule a visit with Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein in our modern, comfortable Hartford and Rocky Hill offices today. Call the friendly Hartford Podiatry Group staff at 860-523-8026 or click here to get started today.