Bunions are common, affecting as many as 30% of the American population. The discomfort and aesthetics of bunions bring many men and women to the care of David Jenson, DPM, of Jenson Foot and Ankle Specialists in Shenandoah, Texas. Once present, bunions can worsen over time and will not improve on their own. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jenson to explore treatment options and to rule out other foot health issues that could be mistaken for a bunion. You can book your visit using the easy online tool, or simply call the office to check availability.
Bunions are a type of foot deformity in which the joint at the base of your big toe becomes enlarged and improperly aligned. A bunion is among the easiest foot conditions to diagnose, as it creates an easily recognizable bump that protrudes outward from the side of your foot near your toe joint.
Some bunions cause no significant pain, and are primarily an aesthetic issue. Others, however, are incredibly painful and can limit your daily routines. Left untreated, bunions often become more pronounced and eventually lead to some degree of pain.
As a bunion becomes larger, the shape of your foot is altered. It can be hard to find shoes that don’t rub against the bunion.
The easiest way to identify a bunion is by taking a close look at the shape of your foot. If you notice a bulge or bump on the outside of your foot near the base of your big toe, you likely have a bunion. Additional symptoms include:
If you notice these or other foot symptoms, schedule a diagnostic exam. Bunions share symptoms with several other conditions, including arthritis, hallux rigidus, neuromas, bursitis, and capsulitis.
If you catch a bunion in the early stages, you may be able to address your symptoms with conservative treatments like orthotics, finding proper footwear, padding or splinting the foot, and using certain medications to address pain and inflammation.
Surgery is often the only way to correct a large or painful bunion. Dr. Jenson is one of only a few practitioners to offer fractureless bunion repair. This innovative approach restores proper joint alignment and repairs your intermetatarsal ligament without making any cuts into your bone tissue.
This approach delivers optimal results without the lengthy recovery time needed when bone tissue is disrupted. That means you’re back on your feet and back to your normal routines far more swiftly than when the protruding bone tissue is chiseled or sawed away.
To learn more about Dr. Jenson’s expertise in treating bunions, book a one-on-one consultation today. Online scheduling is available, or you can call or stop by to check appointment availability.