Though bunions often begin painlessly, they can cause discomfort and make daily tasks like simply standing more difficult. When a bunion reaches this point, most podiatrists will agree that it has just got to go. Learn more about bunions and their treatments with Dr. Eric Jaakola and Dr. Anna Weber at Diabetic Foot and Wound Center and Colorado Sports Podiatry in Denver, CO.
When should I see my podiatrist about my bunion?
Your bunion will probably begin growing without any pain. However, if left untreated, it can cause some serious issues. Untreated bunions can eventually make walking or standing difficult or make wearing shoes painful. If a bunion begins affecting your daily life or causing significant pain, you should schedule an appointment with your podiatrist as soon as possible. Your doctor can help you find the best treatment plan for you and your condition.
Why does a bunion develop?
While doctors do not know exactly why bunions form, they do know that certain foot types are more susceptible to bunion development than others. For this reason, genetics may play a role in bunions, though more often than not the shoes you wear affect their development most. Bunions are linked to wearing narrow, tight, or high-heeled shoes.
Bunion Surgery in Denver, CO
Your doctor will probably suggest making some changes to your lifestyle like losing weight or changing the style of shoe you wear on a daily basis. Your shoes should be wide and roomy enough for your toes and feet to lie flat within them. However, once a bunion reaches a certain point, you will require bunion surgery to remove the bunion. The surgery also realigns the toes if necessary.
For more information on bunions and bunion surgery, please contact Dr. Jaakola and Dr. Weber at Diabetic Foot and Wound Center and Colorado Sports Podiatry in Denver, CO.