Linh Nguyen, DPM
3334 Paper Mill Rd
Phoenix, MD 21131
(410) 666-FOOT (3668)
F: (410) 666-3669

Bunion Treatment in Phoenix, MD

Understanding Bunions

Bunions, medically referred to as Hallux Valgus, are protruding bumps that develop inside the foot, typically around the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint adjacent to the big toe. This bump is essentially a bone protrusion towards the inner side of the foot. When left untreated, bunions can lead to significant discomfort and impairment of mobility.

While commonly associated with women, bunions affect both genders. They often arise from wearing ill-fitting footwear, although genetic factors can also play a role.

Varieties of Bunions

Bunions typically form when there’s uneven pressure on the joints and tendons in the feet, attributed to either poorly fitting shoes or genetic predispositions. The main types of bunions include:

  1. Tailor’s Bunion: Also known as a bunionette, this occurs when the fifth metatarsal bone, linked to the smallest toe, enlarges outward, resulting in a bony growth near the little toe.
  2. Acute Bunion: This condition involves the development of bony masses near the toe joints due to bursitis.
  3. Adolescent Bunion: Teenagers may experience a bunion at the base of the big toe, which can cause discomfort and worsen over time if left untreated.

Treatment for Bunions

Left unattended, bunions can escalate to a point where adjusting one’s gait becomes necessary to alleviate pressure. As the MTP joint is crucial for weight-bearing and balance, bunions significantly impair proper foot function.

Treatment typically commences with conservative methods aimed at alleviating pressure and restoring functionality. Common conservative approaches for managing bunions include:

  1. Footwear Selection: Opt for shoes with ample instep space, broad toe areas, and soft soles, while avoiding narrow or sharply pointed options.
  2. Custom Orthotics: Customized shoe inserts may be recommended to alleviate pressure on affected areas.
  3. Forefoot Products: Utilization of items like bunion shields, night splints, or specialized bandages can aid in bunion management.

These conservative methods aim to mitigate bunion progression, alleviate pain, and foster a conducive environment for foot health. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be warranted. Consult your healthcare provider for further guidance and information tailored to your specific situation.

Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am 5:00pm
Tuesday: 1:30pm 7:00pm
Wednesday: 10:30am 5:00pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 8:30am 5:00pm
Saturday: By Appointment

Office Location

Family Foot and Ankle Care

3334 Paper Mill Road
Phoenix, MD 21131-1419
O: 410-666- FOOT (3668)
F: 410-666-3669