An Overview of Bunions

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Today more then ever American women are having bunions. About half of all American woman are faced with a common issue of wearing tight and narrow fitting shoes. Bunions cause the base of your big toe (Metatarsophalangeal Joint) to enlarge and protrude. Wearing any type of shoe may be painful. The bigger your bunion gets, the more it hurts to walk. Bursitis may set in. Your big toe may angle toward your second toe, or even move all the way under it. The skin on the bottom of your foot may become thicker and painful. By wearing these shoes, pressure from your big toe may force your second toe out of alignment, sometimes overlapping your third toe. If your bunion gets too severe, it may be difficult to walk. You may even develope a chronic pain, which could lead to the development of arthritis.

Have no fear because most bunions can be treated without surgery. The most common practices is to wear protective pads to cushion the painful area and avoid wearing ill-fitting shoes.

Bunion surgery, or bunionectomy, realigns the bone, ligaments, tendons and nerves so your big toe can be brought back to its correct position. Many bunion surgeries are performed on a same-day basis (no hospital stay) using an ankle-block anesthesia. A long recovery is common and may include persistent swelling and stiffness.