At Milwaukee Advanced Foot & Ankle Clinic in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Mexton Deacon, DPM, can help treat bunions. With a comprehensive evaluation, he can determine the cause and prescribe with a variety of personalized nonsurgical and surgical treatments.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint on the outside of your big toe. It occurs when your big toe is constantly getting pulled toward the smaller toes. It can lead to your toe joint bending out of shape over time, forming the bump of the bunion that might be red and sore.
What are the signs and symptoms of a bunion?
The signs and symptoms of bunion including:
- Persistent pain
- Limited ability to move your big toe
A bunion can be extremely painful and inconvenient. But even though a bunion doesn’t always require medical treatment, Dr. Deacon can help address practical issues.
What causes a bunion?
There are a variety of possibilities as to what leads to the development of a bunion. This may include injuries to the foot, other genetic factors, or your inherited foot type. Bunions can also be linked to certain types of arthritis.
How is a bunion treated?
Before any treatment, Dr. Deacon first performs a comprehensive physical exam. This is to learn more about your condition and discuss your symptoms with you. After consultation, he will closely work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.
Dr. Deacon usually helps treat bunions with a host of conservative treatments. These treatments may include changing shoes, padding and taping that puts your foot back in a normal position, and shoe inserts to help relieve the pain of a bunion.
Pain medication can also help. You can also use ice to reduce swelling. In rare cases, Dr. Deacon may recommend surgery to remove swollen tissue or a small piece of bone to realign your toe and get rid of the bump.
To learn more about arthritis and personalized treatment plans, please feel free to contact us.