By Dr. Hiram Carrasquillo
Are you experiencing foot pain caused by small bony bumps? You may be suffering from bunions. Read this article to see if this is what is causing your pain.
A bunion is a bony protrusion at the base of your big toe that occurs when your big toe angles
toward your next toe. The joint and bone at the base of your big toe are thrust out beyond
the normal profile of the foot, producing a recognizable bump. Bunions can start out as small
bumps, but sometimes can be large and are accompanied by redness and swelling. A similar
protrusion called a “bunionette” or tailor’s bunion can develop at the base of your little toe.
Most bunions are not serious, unless they cause harsh pain.
Causes and Risk Factors
Arthritis or heredity can cause bunions, and people with flat feet or low arches are more likely
to develop them. In most cases, however, bunions result from forcing your foot into a tight
shoe with a pointed toe and high heel, or a shoe that’s too small. You can’t make the bunion
go away, but you can relieve pain and keep a bunion from becoming worse by eliminating the
source of irritation.
You should purchase shoes with plenty of toe room, and wear over-the-counter arch supports.
In some cases, the bunion may have to be surgically repaired. The longer you wait to correct
the problem, the greater the incidence of surgical intervention. If you would like to learn more about bunions, go to: Bunion Surgery Recovery Tips
Treatment of Bunions
Whether you are suffering from foot issues, joint pain, or injuries resulting from any type of activity, JOI has 12 physical therapy clinics conveniently located in Jacksonville and Northeast FL who specialize in orthopedic rehab.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with an Orthopaedic Bunion Specialist, Call JOI-2000 or click below to schedule online.
Where is Telemedicine frequently used?
All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services for virtual visits from the convenience of your home. If you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.
- To schedule a new patient or follow up patient appointment with your MD, please call (904)JOI-2000 or read more here about our orthopedic telemedicine providers.
- To schedule an appointment for physical or occupational therapy, call 904-858-7045 or call any of the 12 area JOI Rehab Centers.
JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.