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What Is a Bunionette?

Monday, 12 October 2020 00:00

You may have heard of bunions, the large bony bump that forms at the base of the joint of the big toe. But have you ever heard of bunionettes? Like their larger cousins, bunionettes are deformities that cause bony protrusions to form at the base of the toe joint, but rather than being found on the big toes, bunionettes are found on the pinky toes. Bunionettes tend to cause pain and discomfort. Much like bunions, bunionettes can be treated by wearing wider, more comfortable shoes. Other treatments include putting a comfort pad on the outside of the bunionette, wearing a toe spacer between the fourth and fifth toes, and in more severe cases, limiting the amount of time that you spend standing and walking. A small number of patients may also benefit from surgery. If you have bunionettes that are causing you pain, it is recommended that you visit a podiatrist for treatment.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Central Ohio Comprehensive Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Delaware and Westerville, OH. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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