The toe condition known as the bunion (or bunionette as it is named when it appears on the pinky toe) begins as a small bony bump on the side or top of your big toe joint (or on the pinky toe for bunionettes). Bunions are usually not that painful in the initial stages which is why so many people ignore them until the pain and discomfort start to become more annoying.
Bunions tend to increase in size and severity rather slowly, but as a bunion grows and worsens, it can cause a wide variety of other toe and skin conditions which is a good reason to have them treated early.
Some of the conditions that can be exacerbated by bunions include the following:
- Blisters, redness, and swelling—Due to all the rubbing of the big toe against the inside of your footwear, severe irritation and blistering often occur.
- Toe deformities—People who have bunions increase the chances of developing a hammertoe on the second or third toe. Mallet and claw toes are also more common.
- Corns and calluses—Corns can form on or next to the bunion. Painful, oozing corns can also develop on the top of hammertoes.
- Ingrown toenails—As the big toe pushes against your footwear and other toes, it can cause the toenail to cut into the tender skin at the edge of the nail.
- Fungal toenails—A fungal toenail infection is also more likely to occur.
The earlier you get help with bunions from your foot doctor, the less problematic your bunions will eventually become. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist, Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!