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By Jon D. Oliverio, D.P.M.
October 07, 2022
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

Could you be living with bunions and not knowing it?

A bunion, or a “hallux valgus,” is a common foot deformity affecting the big toe's base joint. You may notice an enlarged bump at the bottom of the big toe that sticks out. If so, this could be a sign of bunions. By turning to our Norton, OH, podiatrist Dr. Jon Oliverio for treatment, we can help to slow the progression of this deformity to prevent the need for surgery in the future.

What Causes Bunions?

Unfortunately, genetics plays a role in who develops bunions and who may not. If you have a mother or sister with bunions, chances are good that you may develop one during your lifetime. Those with certain foot types, such as flat feet, are also at risk. If you notice an enlarged bump at the base of your big toe, it’s a good idea to turn to our Norton, OH, team to determine if you have bunions. Early interventions can dramatically slow its progress.

Do Bunions Require Treatment?

It’s important not to ignore your bunions as leaving this problem untreated could lead to further complications such as bursitis, persistent foot pain and hammertoes. By catching the problem early, Dr. Oliverio and his team can provide simple conservative methods such as proper footwear, custom orthotics, icing, stretching exercises, and more to prevent the bunion from worsening.

Will I Require Surgery?

The goal of early treatment is to slow the bunion’s progression to prevent the need for surgery. Dr. Oliverio and his team will work with you to find the right treatment plan; however, surgery may be necessary for some people to correct the damaged joint. This may be the case if your symptoms are severe, you aren’t responding to home care, or your quality of life has diminished due to your bunion. Surgery is the only way to correct the joint and improve the overall structure and function of the feet; however, surgery is only recommended when non-surgical treatments have failed.

If you are living with bunions and want to discuss the best treatment options, call Foot & Ankle Institute in Norton, OH, at (330) 825-7878 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Oliverio.