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Bunion Specialist

Ankle & Foot Center of Central Florida

Podiatry located in Tavares, FL

If you wear tight shoes that crowd your toes or if you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis, you have a high risk of developing a bunion. Left untreated, bunions can affect your mobility, making even simple tasks like taking the dog for a walk difficult. At Ankle & Foot Center of Central Florida in Mount Dora, Florida, Joanne Balkaran, DPM, FACFAS, Jason Luttrell, DPM, and their team, specialize in diagnosing and treating bunions. To request your bunion consultation today, call the office or use the online booking tool.

Bunions Q & A

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a hard, bony bump that develops on the outside edge of your foot at the base of your big toe. They occur when some of the bones in the front of your foot move out of place. 

Ultimately, this causes the tip of your big toe to push against your other toes, causing your joint to stick out.

If you regularly experience foot or toe pain as a result of a bunion or you’re unable to walk or do routine tasks because of a bunion, make an appointment with the doctors at Ankle & Foot Center of Central Florida right away.

What is hammertoe?

Hammertoe is a common foot deformity that occurs as a result of an imbalance between the muscles, tendons, or ligaments in your feet. This imbalance causes one or more of your middle toes to bend into a hook- or hammerheadlike shape. Left unmanaged, your toes can lock in this position.

What are the symptoms of a bunion?

The symptoms of a bunion vary from person to person. Common telltale signs include:

  • A swollen bump at the base of your big toe
  • Limited movement of your big toe
  • Ongoing pain
  • Soreness
  • Redness

As your bunion grows, you can also develop corns and calluses. 

What are the symptoms of hammertoe?

The most obvious symptom of hammertoe is an abnormal bend in the middle joint of one or more of your toes. It’s also common for people with hammertoe to develop corns, calluses, and/or blisters on the tops of their toes.

How are bunions and hammertoe diagnosed?

To diagnose bunions and hammertoe, the doctors at Ankle & Foot Center of Central Florida physically examine your foot and ask you questions about your symptoms. Your doctor might also order X-rays to get a closer look at the joints and bones in your feet and toes.

How are bunions and hammertoe treated?

Treatment of bunions and hammertoe depends on the severity of your symptoms. If possible, the doctors at Ankle & Foot Center of Central Florida recommend conservative treatments to avoid surgery. 

This might involve wearing comfortable shoes with more padding, taking over-the-counter painkillers to limit swelling, and/or using padded shoe inserts to distribute pressure more evenly.

If noninvasive treatments don’t provide enough relief, surgery could be necessary. Several different surgical treatments for bunions are available. 

Depending on your symptoms, your doctor might recommend removing swollen tissue from around your big toe or straightening your big toe by removing part of the bone. Hammertoe surgery involves your doctor releasing the tendon that’s preventing your toe from lying flat.

Don’t let bunions or hammertoe prevent you from living an active, healthy lifestyle. Request an appointment at Ankle & Foot Center of Central Florida today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.