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Bunion Relief

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Bunions, a common foot deformity, occur when the big toe joint shifts out of place, causing the toe to bend towards the other toes and a bony bump to form on the side of the foot. This misalignment often results from genetic predisposition, wearing tight or narrow shoes, or foot stress. Individuals with certain factors, such as family history, arthritis, or foot injuries, are at higher risk of developing bunions. Symptoms can range from pain and swelling to difficulty walking or wearing shoes comfortably. Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating bunions, offering a range of treatments to alleviate discomfort and prevent worsening of symptoms. Treatment options may include wearing supportive footwear, using custom orthotic inserts, toe exercises, or in severe cases, surgical correction. If you have a painful bunion, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for care.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Grand Blanc Family Footcare. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.


  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development


  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Grand Blanc, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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