Bunions Specialist

Boca Raton Podiatry

Podiatrists located in Boca Raton, FL

A bony bump at the base of your big toe that becomes red and inflamed is a telltale sign of a bunion. Since bunions are known for causing serious discomfort and stiffness, Dennis R. Frisch, DPM, and Jennifer Kazamias, DPM, at Boca Raton Podiatry provide innovative bunion solutions right in the office. Find out more by booking an evaluation at this welcoming Boca Raton, Florida, podiatry practice today. Click on the online scheduler or call to speak with a team member.

Bunions

Why do bunions form?   

Bunions (hallux valgus) are deformities of your big toe joint — the metatarsophalangeal or MTP joint — that form when your big toe is forced to shift to the side, either over or under your smaller toes. 

If you wear pointy or high-heeled shoes on a daily basis, for example, your big toe can’t lie straight and flat as it normally would.

With daily wear, your shoes can cause your big toe joint to start getting accustomed to its new slanted position, which forces the MTP joint to make permanent changes. As your big toe moves out of alignment, that prominent bony lump begins forming.

Footwear isn’t the only cause of bunions, though. Your risk of developing bunions is higher if you have:

  • Flat feet 
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Congenital deformities
  • Foot injuries or trauma 
  • Neuromuscular disorders

It’s even possible to develop a similar issue in your baby toe for the same reasons. But in this case, it’s known as a bunionette or tailor’s bunion. 


What are the symptoms of bunions?

Bunions don’t always cause symptoms in the early stages, but they’re progressive. Even if you’re not experiencing pain and inflammation now, chances are you will in the future. As bunions progress, you may notice:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness 
  • Decreased toe range of motion

These symptoms can become so debilitating, you may start finding it difficult to walk, run, or stand comfortably. With the help of Boca Raton Podiatry, you can get started on a personalized pain-relieving treatment plan and restore your normal foot function.


Is there an effective treatment for bunions?

Absolutely. Your dedicated podiatrist at Boca Raton Podiatry can gather in-office digital X-rays to diagnose your case of bunions, determine their severity, and rule out related conditions. Depending on your diagnosis, your bunion treatment plan can include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Padding, taping, and bracing
  • Footwear modifications 
  • Physical therapy 
  • Custom orthotics 

Conservative bunion therapies don’t work in every case, though. If you still have bunion pain after conservative treatments or if you have a more severe bunion issue, your podiatrist at Boca Raton Podiatry could recommend surgery (bunionectomy). 

Bunion surgery can involve removing your bony enlargement, restoring your toe joint alignment, or fusing bones together. Because modern bunionectomies are minimally invasive, you can expect the results you need, without worrying about extensive downtime. 

Before living another day with bunion inflammation, get started on treatment at Boca Raton Podiatry. Book your bunion evaluation online or over the phone today.