Did you know that up to one-third of adults in the United States have bunions? Likewise, hammertoe is another common foot problem that affects millions of men and women. At Edmond Norman Foot and Ankle in Edmond, Norman, Chickasha, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the team specializes in diagnosing and treating both bunions and hammertoes. If you are suffering from either of these conditions, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.
A bunion is a painful, bony bump that develops on the outer edge of your big toe. Bunions occur as a result of your big toe pressing your metatarsal bone outward. Although anyone can develop a bunion, they’re especially common in women who regularly wear high heels or other types of tight shoes.
Besides the large, bony growth at the base of your big toe, other telltale signs of a bunion include swelling, redness, and irritation. Over time, you might also notice that your bunion appears shiny or feels warm to the touch.
Whenever possible, the team at Edmond Norman Foot and Ankle treats bunions using conservative methods. Following an exam and review of your medical history, your podiatrist might recommend that you take over-the-counter painkillers to ease swelling, or use a heating pad to encourage circulation. You might also benefit from wearing more comfortable shoes, or wearing bunion pads or splints.
If your pain persists, or certainly if it worsens, surgical intervention may be necessary. The team offers bunion surgery, also known as a bunionectomy, to ease symptoms and provide relief.
Hammertoe is a painful condition that occurs due to an imbalance of the ligaments and muscles in your middle toe joint. Although a hammertoe can develop on any toe, they’re particularly common in the middle three toes.
Untreated, a hammertoe may present serious health problems, especially for people with diabetes or poor circulation.
You probably have a hammertoe if one or more of your toes stay in a curved or hammerhead-like shape. Other common symptoms include:
You might also notice that the top of your toes hurts when wearing tight shoes, or that the ball of your affected foot hurts when you’re walking or running.
Treatment for hammertoe depends on the severity of your symptoms. The team at Edmond Norman Foot and Ankle might recommend wearing more comfortable shoes or investing in custom orthotics.
They can also recommend foot exercises that help restore muscle balance. If the problem doesn’t resolve with conservative measures, podiatric surgery may be necessary.
If a bunion or hammertoe is negatively affecting your quality of life, help is available. Make an appointment at Edmond Norman Foot and Ankle by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.