Long Lake Podiatry, P.C.

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Bunions services offered in Troy and St. Clair Shores, MI

Bunions are one of the most common foot-related conditions. Most bunions don’t cause problems, but if yours makes walking difficult, it’s important to seek treatment. At Long Lake Podiatry, P.C., board-certified foot and ankle surgeon David Berlin, DPM, uses the Swiss compression technique to safely treat bunions. To make an appointment at the practice in Troy or St. Clair Shores, Michigan, call the nearest office or click the online booking feature today.

Bunions Q & A

What are bunions?

A bunion is a hard, bony growth that develops on the outer edge of the foot, near the base of the big toe. It occurs when your big toe joint experiences pressure for an extended period, causing it to bulge outward. 

Anyone can experience bunions, but they’re especially common in older adults and people who wear tight shoes or shoes that crowd the toes together.

What causes bunions?

The two most common causes of bunions are the way you walk and the shape of your feet. Outside factors can also play a role. For example, if you work a job that requires you to stay on your feet, or you regularly wear tight shoes that push your toes together, you’re also more likely to develop a bunion.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

Common symptoms of bunions include:

  • Difficulty bending or straightening your big toe
  • Difficulty wearing regular shoes
  • A visible, painful bump at the bottom of your big toe
  • Numbness in the big toe

As your bunion gets bigger, you might also experience corns, calluses, or blisters.

Who is at risk of bunions?

Bunions affect people of all ages and backgrounds, but several factors may increase your risk,  including having a family history of bunions or experiencing a foot injury like a stubbed or broken toe. You’re also more likely to experience a bunion if you have an underlying inflammatory condition like rheumatoid arthritis. 

How are bunions diagnosed?

At Long Lake Podiatry, P.C., Dr. Berlin diagnoses bunions by reviewing your health history, asking about your symptoms, and examining your feet and toes. During the exam, Dr. Berlin might gently press on your bunion to pinpoint areas of sensitivity or warmth. He might also order X-rays to assess the alignment of the bones and joints in your foot.

How are bunions treated?

Whenever possible, Dr. Berlin uses conservative and noninvasive measures to treat bunions, including:

  • Bunion pads and taping
  • Footwear changes
  • Orthotics
  • Pain relievers
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections

If these measures of care don’t provide relief, Dr. Berlin might recommend treatment with the Swiss compression technique. The minimally invasive procedure uses small incisions and special tools to realign the bones in your feet. Following treatment, you can immediately bear weight on your foot.

To explore the various treatments for bunions, make an appointment at Long Lake Podiatry, P.C., by calling the nearest office or clicking the online scheduler today.