A bunion is a bump that develops on the side of the big toe joint. It is usually caused by an imbalance of muscles and tendons pulling at the joint. This abnormal pull is usually caused by a person’s foot type that is prone to developing bunions such as a flat foot or high arch. If your parents or grandparents have bunions, then you may be at a higher risk of developing bunions too!
Depending on the severity of symptoms, most bunions can be treated conservatively and do not need surgery. Custom inserts (aka orthotics) for your shoes can significantly reduce pain associated with a bunion because it increases stability to your arch in turn taking pressure off the bunion.
Another easy treatment is Prolozone. Prolozone is a small injection using concentrated oxygen molecules to reduce inflammation and promote healing to a joint. It has also been shown to regenerate cartilage which can sometimes be damaged from having a bunion for a long time. Prolozone is a natural, safe alternative treatment option for those that wish to avoid surgery.
If you have a painful bunion and looking for a way to alleviate your pain, then call Advanced Podiatry at 813-875-0555 for an appointment with our doctors. They can help reduce your bunion pain without the need for surgery!