Bunion Treatment Carrollton TX
Dr. Keith A. Heier - a renowned foot and ankle surgeon in Carrollton TX specializes in treating various foot and ankle conditions caused due to trauma and sports related injuries.  Dr. Heier is one of the few surgeons in Carrollton who are Fellowship trained in Foot and Ankle surgery, and subspecialty certified in Sports Medicine.  

The foot and ankle surgeon performs complex reconstructions and his areas of expertise cover Bunion Treatment, Ankle replacement, Trauma care for lower extremity, Sports Medicine, Foot and Ankle Fractures, Arthritis of Foot and Ankle besides other medical conditions.

What is Bunion?

Bunion is a painful bump on the side of the joint of the big toe, also known as the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. The medical term for the deformity is Hallux Valgus (hallux means big toe, and valgus means outward turning of the bone). The condition occurs when the bones or tissues of the big toe get misaligned and point toward the second toe.

In this condition, the skin and tissues around the affected joint get thickened which may further become inflamed, swollen and painful, if left untreated. Since this joint bears the brunt of the body's weight while walking, timely treatment for bunion is very important.

What are the causes of Bunion?

According to the foot and ankle surgeon, while some people develop bunions from wearing ill-fitting shoes (especially high heels or narrow-toed shoes), others may develop bunions due to the following factors:
  • A family history:  If a person has a foot type that is susceptible to Bunions.
  • Neuromuscular disorders: These may include Down's, Ehler-Danlos and Marfan's syndromes.
  • Conditions affecting the joints: Rheumatoid and Psoriatic arthritis are to name a few.
  • Severe injury/trauma to the foot
  • Deformities at birth

What are the symptoms of bunion?

Patients suffering from Bunion may show the following symptoms:

  • Deformity of the big toe joint.
  • Development of a bony lump at the side of the base of the big toe joint.
  • The skin around the joint may experience swelling and become red and tender.
  • Pain while walking (particularly in the "push off" phase)

How can foot and ankle surgeon in Carrollton help?

According to Dr Heier, Bunion treatment is based on the severity of the condition, however, the earlier the treatment starts, the better it is. The non-surgical treatment methods for Bunion include:

  • The foot doctor may suggest you to wear right size shoes to ease symptoms of pain and discomfort. You may also be advised not to wear high heeled, pointed or tight shoes.
  • Cushioning the bunion area with padding or tape helps ease the pain caused by Bunion.
  • Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and physiotherapy may also be recommended by the doctor. These can greatly reduce pain and related symptoms.
  • Wearing custom orthotics like splints, insoles etc provide better movement and stability to the foot.    

The surgical treatment for Bunions, known as Bunionectomy, can be performed by the foot surgeon to ease the symptoms.

  • Various steps involved in Bunionectomy are:
  • Removal of swollen tissue from the affected big toe joint.
  • Removal of part of bone to straighten the big toe.
  • Permanently joining the bones of the big toe joint.

The Carrollton based foot surgeon strongly recommends taking precautions to avoid development of Bunion. Limiting the use of high heels and wearing comfortable shoes with adequate space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe is the best practice to avoid Bunions.

For an appointment with the foot and ankle surgeon in Carrollton – Dr Heier, kindly call at (972) 492 – 1334.