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Are Bunions Holding You Back?

Many people have bunions. For some people, this toe deformity is visible but painless. For others, a bump along the side of the big toe joint can bring tremendous discomfort. When pain from this condition interrupts your daily routine, it’s time to talk with the doctors at New England Podiatry Associates.  We’re here to help you walk through your options for pain relief.

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a progressive toe deformity, which means it will continue to worsen over time without surgery. Again, some people may not experience pain. Others can have a different story. We can help you figure out the best way to live with this toe deformity; surgery is also an option.

How did I get this condition?

Family history plays a significant role in developing this toe deformity. Wearing shoes that are too tight can make things worse. You are also at an increased risk of developing a bunion if you have flat feet or low arches.  

What causes bunion pain?

If you see a bump on the base of your big toe joint, you may have a bunion caused when the bone at the joint moves and bends toward other toes. Since the big toe carries much of your body’s weight, bunions can become very painful. Changing shoes or adding a cushion can reduce pain.

Have you visited a podiatrist?

If your bunion has recently become painful, this might be your first invitation to meet with a podiatrist. Make an appointment today. A podiatrist is a foot and ankle specialist familiar with toe deformities as well as treatment options.

When you’ve noticed you’re on the sidelines a bit more because of bunion pain, give us a call. It doesn’t have to be this way. Call us at 
617-232-1752 to make an appointment. Our Newton-Wellesley and Chestnut Hill offices are open during regular business hours. We are still offering a telemedicine option.

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