Bunions can make it difficult to walk, run or even wear shoes. Further, for bunion sufferers, being able to wear high heels can be almost impossible. If painful bunions are making you miss out on your favorite activity, whether it’s wearing those gorgeous Christian Louboutins or participating in sports wearing even the most comfortable athletic shoes, don’t hesitate to contact the Bunion Surgery Center of Excellence at La Peer Health Systems for a consultation. Treating bunions early is the best way to ensure that your feet stay healthy and you don’t miss a beat and are able to take part in all of the activities you have always enjoyed!

Understanding Bunions

Large bumps at the base of the big toe, bunions can impede your ability to walk and stay in shape while also detracting from the appearance of your foot. In Los Angeles, where the weather stays warm for most of the year and people love wearing open-toed shoes, bunions can be especially embarrassing. Understanding the causes of bunions may help prevent the condition from occurring in the first place.

Although bunions can result from genetic abnormalities, foot injuries and other conditions, in many cases ill-fitting footwear is to blame. According to an article in PennLive, many bunions result from tight shoes, especially those that squeeze the toes. Sports aficionados—and parents of young athletes—should take care when choosing new athletic shoes. Not only should sneakers be of an appropriate length, but they must also bend at the front portion instead of the arch.  If your foot exhibits excessive pronation or if you have relatives who have bunion deformities, high heels can certainly accelerate bunion formation.

Knowing the cause of bunions may help prevent these unpleasant anomalies from developing. But what can you do if you’re already experiencing bunion pain and discomfort?

Treating Bunions

If you’re experiencing pain or an inability to wear high heels comfortably or participate in sports due to your bunions, it’s important to know that help exists. The board-certified foot and ankle doctors at the Bunion Center specialize in procedures used to treat bunions and get you back to enjoying the shoes you once loved and participating in the sports you enjoy.

For patients with mild bunions, switching shoes and using custom orthotics may be sufficient to relieve pain and prevent bunions from recurring. However those of us with more severe painful bunions may want to consider undergoing an outpatient surgical procedure called a bunionectomy.

Used to excise, or remove, bunions, a bunionectomy is performed under IV sedation. During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision at the top of the big toe or on the edge of the foot. He will then remove a portion of the bone to realign the toe joint and support the bone’s new position with a very small surgical screw, pin or plate in more severe cases. Patients will enjoy an immediate reduction in pain, improved range of motion, re-establishment of natural great toe position and a dramatic improvement in the foot’s appearance after surgery.  We showcase our aesthetic outcomes on our comprehensive before and after photo gallery at BunionDr.com andLAfootdoc.com

Generally, patients can bear weight immediately after bunion surgery in a post-operative boot designed to keep you active but protect the post-operative result. The average surgical patient may take several weeks before they can resume everyday activities in regular shoes. It’s important to speak to your doctor before going back to sports and other activities after bunion treatment.

Contact the Bunion Center

Want to avoid significant timeouts in enjoying the heels you once loved but are no longer able to wear due to painful bunions?  Are you now unable to even wear athletic shoes for sports and recreation due to chronic painful bunions?  Contact Dr. Kamran Jamshidinia, the director of the Bunion Surgery Center of Excellence, for a consultation. You can also call us at (888) 712-1685 for more information about treating bunions and getting you back to enjoying life.

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