Bunions and bunionettes are not difficult to diagnose, because of the physical deformity that will be present. There will be obvious deficits to look for physically, but this does not mean that an accurate diagnosis from your doctor and imaging techniques, such as an x-ray, is not important. Other symptoms along with pain may be:
● Frequent development of corns and calluses
● Swelling and erythema (reddening of skin) around the joint
● Decreased range of motion of the big toe/little toe
● A bulge that appears on either side of the footIf You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
Getting rid of a bunion will require surgery. There are things that you can do to decrease the pain and stress placed on a bunion and prevent it from developing further, but surgical intervention will be necessary in order to completely remove and correct the deformity if that is your goal. Surgical intervention is necessary when the bunion has progressed to a point that it is affecting your daily life by pain failing to be relieved when walking even when wearing flat, comfortable shoes. Surgical intervention will especially be necessary when you begin to experience bunion pain even at rest. Bunion surgery is called a bunionectomy. There are various types of surgery that may be performed for bunion removal depending on the severity of the bunion and how significantly it is affecting function.