Bunions Specialist

Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH

Podiatrist located in Derry, NH

Bunions are one of the most common foot problems. Though anyone can develop a bunion, this type of foot structural abnormality is especially common in women. At Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH, Drew Taft, DPM, has years of experience diagnosing and treating bunions. Using safe, effective methods of care he can limit your pain and help you return to the activities you love. To schedule an appointment at the Derry, New Hampshire, office, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.

Bunions Q & A

What are bunions?

Bunions are bony growths that occur on the outside edge of the foot at the base of the big toe. As bunions grow in size they push your big toe against your second toe, causing pain and difficulty walking.

Experts aren’t entirely sure what causes bunions, but a combination of factors are thought to play a role, including genetics and wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes. Chronic conditions like arthritis may also increase your risk of developing bunions.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

 Bunions affect everyone differently, but common symptoms include:

  • A noticeable bump near the base of your big toe
  • Sensitivity, redness, and swelling
  • Corns or calluses
  • Persistent pain that gets worse while walking

If you have bunions, you might also find it difficult to straighten or bend your big toes.

Do bunions increase my risk of other complications?

If you have bunions, you’re also more likely to experience other foot and ankle-related health problems, including bursitis, hammertoe, and inflammation of the ball of your foot (metatarsalgia). 

These and other issues can negatively affect your mobility, preventing you from climbing stairs, walking the dog, exercising, or playing sports.

As soon as you notice a bunion, schedule an appointment with Dr. Taft at Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH.

How are bunions diagnosed?

To diagnose bunions, Dr. Taft reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, and physically examines your foot. 

Bunions are visible to the naked eye, but Dr. Taft may order digital X-rays to get a closer look at the bones and joints in your affected foot. These detailed images play an important role in guiding treatment.

How are bunions treated?

Whenever possible, Dr. Taft recommends conservative, non-invasive treatments to manage bunions, including losing weight, icing your foot, taking over-the-counter pain medication, and wearing more comfortable shoes. 

If conservative treatments don’t provide relief, Dr. Taft might recommend surgery. There are several types of bunion surgeries, most of which are minimally invasive. Surgery may involve:

  • Straightening your toe by removing part of the bone
  • Removing damaged or irritated tissue from around your big toe joint
  • Fusing your toe joints together
  • Realigning one or more of the bones in your forefoot

The goal of surgery is to limit the pain, prevent further complications, and restore your mobility.

To explore the treatment options for bunions, schedule an appointment at Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.