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What Is A Bunion?


A bunion is a hard, bony knob on the side of your big toe. Bunions are caused by uneven weight distribution on your toe joint. Over time, your toe joint becomes unstable and your body begins to mold the joint into a hard bump on the side of your toe.

Bunions are much more common in women; in fact, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over half the women in America experience bunions at some point in their lives. Women often wear shoes that are too narrow and crush the toes. High heels add to the problem by pushing the toes forward.

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Bunions can be caused by:

  • Tight, narrow shoes and high heels
  • Genetic bone deformity and foot type
  • Foot trauma or injury
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Occupational foot stress

Bunions can result in you not being able to put on your shoes. You may also have trouble walking and doing your daily activities without pain. There are some simple therapies you can try to get relief from your bunion, such as:

  • Placing ice packs on your bunion for 15 minutes
  • Taping your foot to support the bunion and cushion it
  • Wearing shoe inserts or padding to cushion the bunion
  • Changing to wide, supportive shoes or sandals
  • Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication

Bunion Treatment 

For large, painful bunions that don’t respond to conservative therapies, it’s best to see a podiatrist for additional treatment. The podiatrist can inject the area of your bunion with cortisone to reduce swelling and pain.

You may need surgery if your bunion pain gets severe and interferes with your life. The podiatrist may suggest one or more of these surgical procedures:

  • Straightening your foot and big toe
  • Removing swollen tissue around the joint in your toe
  • Fusing your big toe joints together
  • Removing some of the bone in your big toe

For more information about painful bunions and bunion treatment, call the experts at Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Centers with locations in: St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338, & Macomb (586) 416-3668. Call today and get some relief from your bunion pain!

It’s Not OK to Live with Foot Pain

While it’s true that most Americans suffer from chronic foot pain, it doesn’t have to be a fact of life. Often times, foot and ankle pain can be alleviated by changing footwear or increasing movement and circulation. If your pain is caused by a new or old injury, or illness, we have proven methods to diagnose and pinpoint the root cause of the pain and treatments that can greatly reduce or eliminate your discomfort. Our number one goal is to get you up and moving, and doing the things you love to do. If foot or ankle pain is slowing you down, contact us today and get the relief you need to get back to life!

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Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Centers are conveniently located in Macomb county with podiatry offices in St. Clair Shores, Warren, and Macomb, MI.

Each location offers general foot and ankle care for people of all ages, as well as specialized treatments and surgery for sports injuries, diabetic foot care, and ankle replacements.

Starting with his first location in 1993, Dr. Benenati has been dedicated to preserving limbs and providing Michigan residents effective ankle and foot pain relief from all kinds of short term and chronic conditions. Each location is staffed with highly trained, experienced podiatrists who genuinely care about each patient they treat. By focusing on your quality of life and your overall health and well-being, they are able to diagnose and treat the cause, rather than the symptom, of your foot and ankle pain.

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26440 Hoover Rd.

Warren, MI 48089

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Monday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Thursday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed