Bunions, a bony bump at the base of the big toe, are a common condition that can cause discomfort and pain. Not only can they make it difficult to walk or exercise, but they can also affect the appearance of your feet. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet, it is time to see a podiatrist for bunions. In this blog, we are going to discuss the signs that indicate when it is time to take your foot problems seriously.
Pain in the area of the big toe
The first sign of a bunion is pain in the area around your big toe. You may notice that the pain is worse when walking or running. The pain can also be accompanied by swelling or redness. If the pain is constant, it is important to see a podiatrist to rule out other conditions, such as arthritis or gout.
Another sign that you should see a podiatrist is when you have restricted movement in your big toe. You may notice that it is difficult to bend your toe or walk without pain. This can be caused by the bunion pressing against the joint and causing inflammation. A podiatrist can recommend exercises or stretches to alleviate the pain and improve your mobility.
Change in foot shape
Bunions can cause a visible change in the shape of your foot. You may notice that the big toe is leaning towards the other toes or that your foot is wider than before. This can lead to discomfort or pain when wearing shoes. A podiatrist can recommend footwear that fits your foot shape or suggest orthotics (shoe inserts) to relieve pressure on the bunion.
Bunions can cause skin irritation, such as calluses or corns, due to the pressure that is placed on the skin. These can be painful and make it difficult to walk. A podiatrist can treat these conditions and provide advice on how to prevent them from recurring.
Genetics can play a role in the development of bunions. If you have a family history of bunions, you may be more likely to develop them. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your feet or notice any changes in the shape of your foot, it is important to see a podiatrist for a consultation.
Reach out to a podiatrist in your area to learn more about this topic.