If painful bunions are making it impossible for you to wear shoes and limiting your mobility, treatments are available at Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, with two locations in Clinton Township, Michigan. Board-certified podiatrists Edmund Kowalchick, DPM, and Stacey Miller, DPM, specialize in conservative treatments and minimally invasive surgical procedures to minimize infection, enhance outcomes, and improve recovery times. To schedule a bunion consultation, call the nearest office or book online today.
Bunions are bone deformities that develop due to an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of your big toe. A bunion can form when your big toe moves out of place and rubs against your shoes. This rubbing causes persistent irritation and inflammation.
Over time, the affected toe begins to angle toward your other toes and can even overlap the third toe. This deformity of the toe can become chronically painful and lead to other toe deformities, including hammertoe, a toe that bends due to a weakened muscle and ligament.
The leading cause of bunions is ill-fitting footwear. When you frequently wear shoes that are too tight, you increase your risk of developing bunions. You can also experience bunions due to foot injuries or neuromuscular problems in your feet.
The team at Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, creates a treatment plan based on the severity of your bunion and its impact on your mobility.
Your provider focuses on relieving your pain and reducing unnecessary pressure on the joint to prevent additional enlargement. The team may initially recommend the use of protective padding to reduce friction between your toes and shoes. You also need to ensure all your shoes are the right size and wide enough to prevent pressure on your joints.
Orthotic devices that fit into your shoe can keep your foot and toes in the proper position while walking and standing. Orthotics can stabilize your joint and prevent additional mobility limitations.
If you have existing corns or calluses that contribute to the formation of bunions, your Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, provider can remove them during an in-office procedure.
Surgery may be a consideration if your toe joint becomes severely enlarged or deformed. Your specialist at Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, performs a minimally invasive bunionectomy procedure that focuses on removing the bunion and realigning your toe joint into a normal position.
Your provider can recommend and perform this type of surgery when conventional treatments aren’t enough to improve your mobility and decrease your pain.
If you have chronic pain due to bunions, schedule a consultation with the team at Michigan Foot & Ankle Institute, PC, today by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.