A bunion is a medical condition of the foot that is caused by an unnatural bony growth at the base of the big toe. The condition is degenerative over time, as the bony hump grows, the angle of the toes can be further deformed. Bunions occur when a bony bump grows at the outside of the base of the big toe. This bony growth gets bigger and pushes the big toe in toward the other toes, making it look deformed. This can be a painful condition, causing the joint to swell. There are many non-surgical options to treat and prevent bunions. Bunions develop from a deformity of the foot called hallux valgus. Bunions often form because women frequently wear poorly-fitting shoes with narrow, pointed toes for long periods of time. Surgery is one option to correct this deformity. Whether your bunion pain is minor or major it can most likely be treated. Some bunion conditions require surgery or some other invasive medical intervention. In most cases however, temporary relief is available even from the comfort of home. A mallet toe often happens in the second toe, but it may happen in the other toes as well. The toe bends down at the joint closest to the tip of the toe. Bunions (Hallux Valgus) are one of the most common causes of foot pain. It is characterized by a large, hard protrusion at the base of the big toe. It can become swollen and feverish. This is a condition that is usually caused by wearing shoes with pointed or narrowing toes. The bump is, in fact, a bone sticking out and turning toward the inside of the foot. The big toe often is found resting under or on top of the second toe which is called overlapping toes. They tend to slowly get worse with time and frequently flexible deformities become rigid. Treatment can be preventative, symptomatic or curative. If you continue to suffer from athletes foot despite all efforts, Please contact us to request an appointment Dr. Kelly will be able to prescribe topical antifungal cream and in severe cases, oral antifungal pills. Also Dr. Kelly might suggest a Pedi Peel to jump start your treatment depending on the severity of the condition. Bunions Hereditary muscle and bone problems, heel injury or bruising, worn out shoes and excessive weight can affect the way your foot moves leading to plantar fasciitis/heel pain. Also some medical disorders such as arthritis can lead to plantar Fasciitis/heel pain. Bone spurs of the feet are a very common problem, typically occurring in the heel and near the toes. A heel spur is a growth of bone on the underside of the heel bone. Heel spurs form when the plantar tendon pulls at its attachment to the heel bone. Spurs can also develop on the top of the big toe joint. Anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone injections are common treatments for spurs, but surgery may be recommended if spurring around the joint becomes severe. What are hammer toes? They are bent tones that are caused by a deformity of the joint of the toe itself. After a long day at work what is nicer than coming home and soaking your feet in some warm soapy water or maybe even in a foot spa. It is recommended that you soak your feet for no longer than 10 minutes. This is to prevent your skin from drying out excessively. Then pat your feet dry and massage some foot lotion into them. This will make your entire body feel relaxed and is a great way to re-energize after a hard day. A bunion is when your big toe points toward the second toe. This causes a bump on the inside edge of your toe. When a bunion first begins to develop, take good care of your feet and wear wide-toed shoes. This can often solve the problem and prevent the need for any further treatment. It may help to wear felt or foam pads on the foot to protect the bunion, or devices called spacers to separate the first and second toes at night. These are available at drugstores. You can also try cutting a hole in a pair of old, comfortable shoes to wear around the house. The rare case in which all toes seem to be involved may indicate a problem with the nerves or spinal cord. Bunions are also called “hallux abducto-valgus” in medical terms. Hallux refers to the great toe. Abducto-valgus refers to position of the great toe such that it points towards the other, lesser toes and is rotated. The bunion deformity consists of the movement of two bones at the great toe joint. The further back bone, called the first metatarsal, moves toward the midline of the body and the toe bone, called the proximal phalanx, moves in the opposite direction toward the other toes. The first example of before and after pictures of bunion surgery are of a severe bunion. The after picture is at only three months.