Bunions Specialist

Nashville Podiatry

Podiatrists located in Hendersonville, TN & Nashville, TN & Gallatin, TN

Bunions are a progressive foot deformity and don’t always improve with time and patience. If you have a bunion, the experienced team at Nashville Podiatry with offices located in Nashville, Gallatin, and Hendersonville, Tennessee, can provide the care you need to reduce your symptoms, prevent progression of the deformity, and correct it when necessary. To schedule a bunion consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.

Bunions Q & A

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a type of foot deformity that develops when your toes move out of place, causing an enlargement of the joint at the base of the toe. While any toe can form into a bunion, your big toe is most often affected. Your enlarged joint and protuberance cause friction and pressure when they rub on your shoes, and this may lead to discomfort.

Over time, the affected toes begin to shift inwards, sometimes overlapping other toes, or the joint may twist. Your enlarged, deformed toe may cause irritation, inflammation, and pain, and affect your ability to do your daily activities.

The podiatric team at Nashville Podiatry specializes in the management of bunions and can develop a treatment plan to ease your discomfort so you can continue doing the things you enjoy.

What causes bunions?

Tight shoes are the leading cause of bunions. While bunions aren’t hereditary, you may be more at risk of developing the foot deformity if it runs in your family, usually because of a faulty foot structure.

You may also be at risk of developing a bunion if you have a prior foot injury, flat feet, or pronated feet, a condition in which your feet turn inward or outward when you walk.

When should I seek medical help for my bunion?

You should schedule an appointment at Nashville Podiatry as soon as you notice the change in your toes. While treatment isn’t always needed for bunions, especially during the early stages, your podiatrist can provide treatments and recommendations that may help ease future discomfort.

How are bunions treated?

The podiatric specialists at Nashville Podiatry take a two-step approach to treating your bunions. First, the goal is to relieve pressure and pain caused by the deformity, and second to stop any progressive growth.

Treatment for your bunion may include:

  • Protective padding
  • Removal of corns and calluses
  • Wearing carefully fitted footwear designed to accommodate your deformity
  • Custom orthotics
  • Exercises to improve joint mobility
  • Splints to wear while you sleep at night

If you fail to get relief from your bunion with conservative treatment, then your specialist at Nashville Podiatry may recommend surgery, which is referred to as a bunionectomy. During the procedure, your doctor removes your bunion and realigns your toes.

For expert care of your bunion to minimize enlargement, call Nashville Podiatry today or book an appointment online.