Bunions: When to See a Foot Doctor?
A bunion is a hard protrusion that develops on the lower joint of the big toe. Bunions develop slowly, and over time, they gradually push the big toe to the inside of the foot until eventually, it crossed the second toe. This causes the big toe joint to protrude and to become sore and inflamed due to pressure from shoes. Dr. Kyle Sundblad and Dr. Samantha Gibson are podiatrists at Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Care in Sterling Heights. They specialize in all foot and ankle problems including the treatment of bunions.
When Is It Time to See a Podiatrist?
While you can take care of bunions yourself in the early stages, Sterling Heights residents with bunions should see a podiatrist if:
- The movement of your big toe or foot is decreased due to the bunion
- The bunion is large and is forcing your big toe across your other toes
- You are experiencing persistent pain in your big toe or foot
- You are having difficulty finding shoes that will fit comfortably because of your bunion
Can Bunions Cause Further Complications?
Unless they are treated with surgery, bunions are permanent. Typically, they do not result in complications, although in some cases, they could cause other foot condition, such as:
- Bursitis: This condition occurs when the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that cushion your toe joints become inflamed.
- Hammertoe: Usually, this condition occurs in the toe next to your bunion. It can put further pressure on the surrounding toes.
- Metatarsalgia: This condition causes the ball of the foot to swell and become painful.
If you live in Sterling Heights and you need to see a podiatrist about your bunions, call Drs. Sundblad and Gibson today at (586) 731-7873 to schedule an examination and consultation.