How Bunions Affect Your Overall Health

A bunion is a deformity and musculoskeletal condition that develops on the base of the big toe. Unfortunately, if left untreated, it can affect your entire foot and have a negative impact on your overall health. While bunions are twice as common for women, men suffer, too. Treat bunions right away before the pain gets worse and does damage to other parts of your body.

Hoosier Foot & Ankle has six convenient offices in Carmel, Indianapolis, Franklin, Fishers, Greenwood, or Zionsville, Indiana. Our team of expert doctors offers both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for bunions and the painful symptoms from which you suffer. But even if you have no pain right now, come see us. We need to make sure your bunions don’t get worse and cause other issues. If they do, surgery may be your only option.

Symptoms of bunions

When the bones of the MTP joint in your foot shift out of alignment, the joint protrudes and causes a bump or bunion. It can grow over time and become more painful, especially for women who wear tight and narrow shoes. If it doesn’t heal and gets too big, it can alter the alignment of the big toe and then the whole foot. 

Symptoms include:

Bunions and your overall health

Because of the pain around your big toe, you’ll probably alter the way you walk, which causes pain in the rest of your foot, legs, knees, hips, and back. Bad bunions can keep you out of the gym and not exercising, which clearly has a negative impact on your health. They can also affect you psychologically by reducing your quality of life and keeping you out of various social functions. 

As the toe and foot become more deformed, people get embarrassed and don’t want anyone seeing their feet. And they cannot wear many kinds of shoes, which also affects them mentally. But the more serious issue, especially among older people, is that bunions can directly impact balance and cause people to fall. 

Treatments for bunions

At Hoosier Foot & Ankle, we always start out with a conservative approach to pain management, like getting you to change your shoes, using pads or tape, and custom orthotics. Physical therapy accompanied with soaking your feet in warm water and then icing them, as well as anti-inflammatory medication, can bring much-needed relief. 

If the pain is really bad and the bunion is not responding to these treatments, surgery may be a necessary option. This involves cutting the bone and shifting it back in place, but some people still experience pain and discomfort after surgery, and bunions can come back. Don’t suffer from bunions any longer, or risk damage to your overall health. Call us or use the Request Appointment button now to schedule your exam and consultation. 

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