Lloyd Podiatry Group, Inc.
Lawrence E. Lloyd, DPM, FACFAS
Board Certified Podiatrist located in Fishers, IN & Anderson, IN
Bunions, those swollen bony bumps that develop at the base of your big toe, are progressive and are only going to worsen without proper treatment. With the help of board-certified podiatrist Lawrence E. Lloyd, DPM, FACFAS, of Lloyd Podiatry Group, Inc., with locations in Anderson and Fishers, Indiana, you can get relief from bunion discomfort. Find out which bunion treatment is right for you by booking a consultation. Schedule your exam online or over the phone.
Bunions Q & A
What is the cause of bunions?
Bunions are deformities that form in the joint at the base of your big toe. Medically known as hallux valgus, bunions tend to develop because of your inherited foot shape. For instance, having overly flat feet can increase your risk of developing bunions. But bunions can also be caused by:
- Injury or trauma
- Arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis
- Neuromuscular conditions, including polio
Your risk of developing bunions goes up if you regularly wear snug-fitting footwear, including high heels and pointy shoes. These types of shoes force a crowding of your toes, where your big toe has nowhere to go but on top of your smaller toes. Over time, bunions can develop, especially if you have an inherited faulty mechanical foot structure.
Do bunions have symptoms?
Sometimes, although you don’t typically have symptoms of bunions — aside from the obvious bony bump — until the deformity is in a more advanced stage. Bunions can lead to:
- Toe stiffness
- Burning sensations
- Inflammation or redness
- Limited range of motion in your toe
Plus, since your bunion is going to cause your feet to rub the insides of your shoes, you could also start developing calluses and painful corns. Whether your bunion is just starting to form, or if it’s already in advanced stages, you have plenty of treatment solutions available at Lloyd Podiatry Group.
How are bunions treated?
Your bunion treatment plan is tailored to you, your symptoms, and your lifestyle, including exercise or training habits. Depending on your needs, your bunion management plan from Lloyd Podiatry Group may include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Corticosteroid injections
- Strapping and taping
- Changes in footwear
- Activity modifications
- Specialized padding
- Prescription orthotics
- Physical therapy
Sometimes bunion surgery is really the best option to help improve your quality of life. Dr. Lloyd is a board-certified podiatrist with extensive training in minimally invasive bunion correction surgeries. He can realign your toe joint, remove damaged tissues, and make any essential repairs to your affected joints.
Book your bunion evaluation at Lloyd Podiatry Group today. Click the online scheduler or call either office directly.