The weather is getting warmer and you can’t wait to lose the snow boots and wear your new spring sandals – until you remember your unsightly painful bunions.
If you suffer from bunions, you are not alone – around 4.4 million individuals report dealing with bunions every year. The good news is that the board-certified Los Angeles bunion specialists at La Peer Health Systems Bunion Center of Excellence offer a number of effective treatments that can eliminate your bunions just in time for sandal weather this Spring.
What Are Bunions?
Bunions are bumps made up of bone and soft tissue that usually develop at the joint between the big toe and the first bone in the foot. Bunions appear when the largest toe has been pushed inward toward the other toes for an extended period of time. Heredity plays a major role in bunion formation, as do illnesses such as arthritis. The root cause of bunions stems from very subtle variations in walk called pronation, which can be a very treatable condition.
Ill-fitting shoes certainly can accelerate the formation of bunions in patients already predisposed to this condition through heredity. In fact, bunions are becoming increasingly common due to the popularity of ill-fitting shoes such as high heels and participation in high-impact sports. Studies have found that over 85 percent of women in the U.S. wear shoes that are too small and perhaps as many as 50 percent of women will encounter bunions.
How Can I Get Rid of My Bunions?
Without treatment, bunions are not likely to go away on their own, and will become more unsightly as they worsen and can eventually cause arthritic changes to the great toe joint.
Untreated bunions can also lead to more serious foot conditions such as hammertoe or arthritis of the big toe, so it’s important to have your bunions evaluated by a bunion specialist, as there are many treatment options that can prevent bunions from getting worse.
Bunions that are not severe can sometimes be treated with orthotics. As custom-made shoe inserts, orthotics help realign the feet and toes while walking, running and participating in sports. Visit our La Peer bunion specialists in Los Angeles right away to get individualized patient care and correct your bunion issues with orthotics.
If your bunions are causing a great deal of pain and discomfort, you may want to consider undergoing a bunionectomy, a generally painless outpatient surgical procedure requiring minimal down time.
Bunion Surgery in Los Angeles
If bunions are holding you back from the activities you would like to enjoy this spring, bunion surgery may be your best option to eliminate your bunions and alleviate your foot pain.
A bunionectomy is a surgical procedure designed to excise or remove the bunion and realign the first metatarsal phalangeal joint. This procedure is a great option for patients who are unable to fit into shoes properly due to chronic irritation and pain and in particular have seen an interference with participating with activities like running, dancing or playing sports. A bunionectomy provides patients full resolution of pain and restoration of first metatarsal phalangeal joint range of motion and function.
After bunionectomy, patients report feeling happier with the appearance of their feet and toes after undergoing surgery and are able to wear open-toe shoes and sandals without embarrassment. There is virtually no evidence of scar given the medial surgical approach and the use of plastic surgical closure, so your feet will be sandal-ready in no time!
Contact a Los Angeles Bunion Specialist Today!
Don’t let painful, embarrassing bunions hold you back this spring. If you’re interested in learning more about treating your bunions, contact an expert podiatrist (foot specialist) at the Bunion Center of Excellence. Our Medical Director, Dr. Kamran Jamshidinia, is one of best foot specialists in Los Angeles. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!