When it's time to consider bunion correction
Some bunions are merely unsightly, while others get in the way of life.
The decision to get bunion surgery should not be taken lightly because it is often costly, painful and can take months to heal from.
As a result, podiatrist
Neal Blitz, of New York's Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, wrote an article for
the Huffington Post's blog that gives some helpful tips on when to
recognize that a bunion is becoming a serious condition.
Perhaps the most common complaint that podiatrists hear about bunions is the pain, which is often due to pressure from shoes, Blitz said. Pain at the joint may signal arthritis, while discomfort on the ball of the foot may mean that the deformity is interfering with the foot's landing mechanics.
One true sign that a bunion requires correction is overlapping toes, Blitz said, since this may cause the foot to collapse.
A U.K. study that was conducted this year indicates that as a bunion progresses and the big toe drifts toward the smaller toes, it can lead to a secondary deformity called hammer toe. Bunions and hammer toe have been cited as causes of hindered mobility.The use of bunion splints or orthotics has been shown to help prevent or correct bunions or hammer toe without the need for bunion surgery.