It seems unbelievable that so much discomfort can be caused by such a small problem as a bunion, but if you have one then you certainly would never doubt the truth of it. What is a bunion exactly? It’s a bony protrusion at the base of your big toe, at the point where the joint attaches to the foot. Fortunately, with solid, safe, and effective bunion treatments, our Miami podiatrists, Dr. Merrick L. Horn and Dr. Jean-Jacques Kassis can provide you with much needed relief as well as the guidance and advice that will help you to avoid future problems with bunions.
The primary reason that bunions occur is that there is too much pressure placed on the big toe joint. There are several causes for this, but most commonly it is due to the way you walk, the type of shoes you wear, or simply having flat feet. Women are more prone to getting bunions. This is because women frequently wear high-heeled shoes and footwear that is too tight around the toes. The effects of bunions can make it very difficult to go about your normal routine. Walking can be challenging or even painful. And if you can’t walk properly, it has the tendency to negatively impact your whole life. There’s no reason to give up, though. Just call us and schedule an examination by our Aventura, North Miami Beach, Bal Harbour, downtown Miami, Miami Dade, and Broward Counties podiatrists. If a diagnosis of bunions is confirmed, a treatment strategy will be developed to address the situation.
Which direction your treatment goes will depend on how severe the problem is for you. If you are only having minor difficulties, simple lifestyle adjustments may be sufficient to handle it. For example, wearing shoes that are more comfortable is an excellent idea (even if you don’t have bunions at all). Bunion pads or arch supports may be recommended. These act to redistribute the weight on your foot and thus your bunion problem. A last resort option is surgery, which is reserved for when less extreme measures have proven to not work or to be insufficient. You can depend on our Miami podiatrists, D r. Merrick L. Horn and Dr. Jean-Jacques Kassis, to evaluate your unique circumstances and to recommend the most efficient and least complicated method for treating your bunions.